Chandigarh was, is and will ever remain capital of Punjab: Parkash Singh Badal

  • PTI, Muktsar
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 16:10 IST
Parkash Singh Badal with VP Singh Badnore at the latter’s swearing-in as Punjab governor and Chandigarh administrator on Monday. (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Asserting that Chandigarh “was, is and will” ever remain an “integral part” of the state, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said any deviation from the existing practice of appointing state governor as the administrator of Chandigarh was not acceptable.

He said that though as per States Reorganization Act every parent state had sole right over its capital city but grave injustice had been meted out to Punjab by denying Chandigarh to the state.

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Badal said Punjab had the sole right over its capital and it must be given to the state at every cost.

He said that till Chandigarh was not given to the state, around four decade-old practice of appointing Punjab governor as the administrator of Chandigarh should be continued.

Badal further alleged that Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal was a “chronic non-performer” who had “totally failed” to fulfill even a single promise in Delhi.

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He said that it was a fact that Kejriwal was suffering from “anti-Punjab syndrome” and his stand on Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal was contrary to the interests of the state.

“Nothing good can be expected for the state from Kejriwal who has no sympathy with Punjab or its people”, he added.

Lashing out at Congress and AAP, the chief minister alleged that both these parties were “conniving” to turn the state into desert by constructing SYL canal.

He alleged that while the Congress had “planned and executed plan” to snatch water of the state, the AAP was now its toes to get SYL constructed at the earliest.

Badal further alleged that both these parties were enemies of the state and wanted to “ruin it”.

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