The Congress has accused the SAD-BJP government of dealing a severe blow to the real estate business by withholding the issuance of the notification with regard to no objection certificate (NOC) on the sale and purchase of all residential/commercial landed properties that were sold or purchased after 1994.
Addressing the media here on Sunday, Amritsar (rural) District Congress Committee (DCC) chief Gurjit Singh Aujla claimed that real estate was the only business left in Punjab and this too has now been dealt a severe blow.
"NOC on properties is the key to business in Punjab but the internal tussle between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP has dashed the hopes of many residents and real estate dealers," he added.
Pointing out that the state cabinet had approved the issuance of NOC over a month ago, he alleged that due to the "folly" of an Amritsar-based BJP leader, the Badals have imposed a "dictatorial ban" on the notification. "Sale and purchase of landed properties has now come to a standstill with no registeries taking place", he added while pointing out that a large number of real estate dealers were under heavy debts.
"The personal rivalry between the SAD elite and the BJP leader arose when the latter put up hoardings in the holy city claiming the entire credit for getting the NOC issue cleared in the cabinet. This was not liked by the Badals who have now withheld the notification," he claimed.
Replying to a query, Aujla said that the SAD-BJP government was ruining the business of a large number of families in Punjab.
He demanded that the SAD and the BJP leaders must now forget their tussle and provide relief to Punjabis by issuing the notification immediately. He threatened that the Congress will be forced to hold statewide protests if the notification is not issued shortly.