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Shed Akali liability, Bajwa tells BJP

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 13, 2014
First Published: 20:17 IST(13/6/2014) | Last Updated: 20:18 IST(13/6/2014)

Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday asked the state BJP to shed the "liability baggage" its alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), had become and walk out of the government to chart its independent course.

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Bajwa said despite the humiliation faced by the SAD-BJP alliance in the state during the parliamentary polls, it was interesting that the senior alliance partner continued to bulldoze the BJP of which the district presidents of the saffron party had taken a serious notice.

He said it was ironic that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal continued to lord over the departments held by the BJP ministers, especially the local bodies and industries and mining.

Bajwa claimed that Sukhbir had blamed the BJP for property tax and illegal sand mining in the state after the elections saying these departments were with the alliance partner, while in fact his writ prevailed.

He said union finance minister Arun Jaitley had the firsthand experience of the style of functioning of Akali leaders in general and Sukhbir Badal and revenue minister Bikram Majithia in partricular.

Bajwa said the political discourse in Punjab had entered a different phase in which the Badals could not blame the Centre for resorting to discriminatory policies. Now would be the real test of the Badal government, he added.

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