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Akalis must be disappointed with budget: Amarinder

PTI  Chandigarh, July 10, 2014
First Published: 18:50 IST(10/7/2014) | Last Updated: 23:07 IST(10/7/2014)

Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh today said the Union Budget must have disappointed the Akalis as Punjab did not get anything from the Centre to battle its "financial woes".
 
"Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had made out as if (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley was going to wave some magical wand...

But the FM did not give any special package for Punjab on the pattern of Himachal Pradesh as demanded and expected by the Badals," he said in a statement issued here.
 
The former Punjab Chief Minister said the Akalis had "sold great dreams" to the people of Punjab, saying once Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister and Arun Jaitley the Finance Minister, Punjab would be out of "financial troubles".
 
"Punjab, which was expecting some relief, did not get anything except the promise of an IIM," he said.

Meanwhile, state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa criticised Union Finance Minister Jaitley for "ignoring" Punjab in the Budget.

"(Arun) Jaitley has ignored Punjab in the Budget," Bajwa said in a statement issued here.

"None of the pressing problems including mounting debt burden and capital flight to the neighbouring states had been addressed in this budget. These were the major concerns which the Akali Dal-BJP government had taken up with the new regime," he said.

Bajwa said the only project allocated to Punjab was the IIM and it was part of the routine exercise as the erstwhile UPA government had given several such projects to the state, despite the state being run by a non-Congress government.

"It was the earlier NDA government which caused a lot of damage to Punjab by announcing industrial concessions for the neighbouring states. The present regime continues with the same policy. Badal owes an answer to the people for misleading them over the years," he said.

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