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Centre dismisses Badals' charges of discrimination with Punjab

punjab Updated: Aug 19, 2012 19:58 IST
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Union minister of state for industries Ashwini Kumar dismissed the charges of discrimination by the Centre in the distribution of central funds to Punjab levelled by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy chief minister son Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Interacting with mediapersons here on Sunday, he said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders should have checked the statics first from their officers and then should come out to make adverse comments like that of discrimination.

Ashwini said the planning commission had approved the annual plan of the state for Rs 14,000 crore for the current fiscal (2012-13) as compared to Rs 11,260 crore for the last fiscal (2011-12).

It was the Prime Minister under the directions of whom, the Centre had given nod to atomic energy based Rs 450 crore cancer hospital project to be set up in the Malwa region.

Referring to the CAG report indicting Prime Minister in the Coalgate, the minister said that the report had no basis unless it was validated by the public accounts committee of parliament.

He said that the BJP leaders were making unwarranted hue and cry to disrupt the proceedings of parliament under the garb of CAG report which had not even referred to the PAC for discussion. CAG observations had no binding on any person as it was a mere report and had not been validated by the PAC as yet, he added.

He claimed that the BJP leaders would be in a position to face the aftermaths of the report once it was put on national debate.

Ridiculing the demand of the BJP stalwarts for the resignation of the Prime Minister, the minister questioned as to the senior leaders of the BJP like the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and his Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishen Advani had not tendered their resignations when they were indicted in Kargil coffin and Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya. The court verdict even went against Advani.