Chandumajra flays UPA govt over dam fund diversion

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 00:56 IST

Taking a strong exception to the Centre government’s move of diverting `62 crores of funds to Himachal Pradesh for the construction of Shahpur Kandi Dam, the Shiromani Akali Dal has termed it as direct interference of the Centre government in state-related issues. The SAD announced that if NDA came to power, it will review the centre-state relationships.

SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra attacked the UPA government for shifting the Shahpur Kandi Dam project grant to Himachal Pradesh. He said that project was being carried out by both Punjab and Himachal, thus the centre government must take both states into confidence before deciding any issue related to project.

The Shahpur Kandi dam has been declared as a national project and now the Centre is funding it.
“The Centre government must take steps with the consent of the state government. But here, the UPA is dictating the terms to the state governments, thus souring the centre-state relationship,” he said announcing that if NDA, came into power, it will review the centre-state relationship for the decentralization of power and funds.

The state government must get enough funds from the central government without any riders on spending, he added.
He said that SAD was a votary for the federal structure of the government in which the state had a say in the decision-making of the centre government.

Addressing a press conference at the residence of the Patiala Market Committee chairman Harvinder Singh Harpalpur, Chandumajra said that SAD had already clarified its stand on the interlinking of rivers, as promised by BJP manifesto.

“SAD is against any such decision. And more so, the BJP has already cleared that the interlinking of rivers will be carried out with the consent of states concerned. Thus, for Punjab it’s a non- issue”, he defended. He also said that AAP would be decimated in coming days.

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