‘Have nothing to do with Udta Punjab’
On the Central Board of Film Certification’s direction to the makers of ‘Udta Punjab’ to remove references to the state, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said he was not aware of it, while adding: “We have nothing to do with the film and it is up to the censor board to take any action in this regard.”
‘Govt does not have Bhindranwale’s sword and arrow’
Commenting on illegal mining of minor minerals in Nurpur Bedi area, Badal said most the mining in the area was taking place legally. The chief minister said he has already directed the Rupnagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) to take steps to curb illegal mining and those caught will be dealt with severely. About the demand of the Damdami Taksal that the Centre should return Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s sword and arrow, Badal said the government did not have any such articles with it.
The chief minister also listened to people’s grievances during the programme at six villages and provided cheques to village panchayats for development projects.
‘Jaitley will never stoop so low to settle a personal score’
Badal slammed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh for accusing Union finance minister Arun Jaitley of misusing the enforcement directorate and income tax department to target his family and him to avenge the Lok Sabha election defeat in the build up to the assembly polls.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of his “sangat darshan” programme at Singhpura village near Nurpur Bedi, Badal said a person of such tall stature and repute like Jaitley could never stoop so low to settle a personal score with Captain. “Neither we nor Jaitley are in the habit of indulging in witch-hunt,” said the chief minister. The PPCC chief had defeated Arun Jaitley from Amritsar constituency in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Responding to another query about Captain’s announcement to stage a dharna in Badal’s Lambi constituency, the chief minister said such tactics will not fetch the Congress any votes.