Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Sunday refused to comment on chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s stand on the proposed ‘Historical Memory Law’, maintaining that any difference of opinion will be settled within the party forum.
The proposed law for “erasing all remnants of cruel and humiliating British colonial rule” in the state was part of the Congress manifesto, which was drafted by Manpreet.
Amarinder on Saturday had made it clear that he was not in favour of the kind of legislation that Manpreet was propounding.
Manpreet, who was in Bathinda on Sunday for ‘thanksgiving’ post the poll win, clarified that the proposed law was not an attempt to distort history, but is a “conscious effort to encourage widespread knowledge of Punjab’s past”.
The legislation, he said, sought to “reignite the Punjabi sense of pride by collectively identifying our epochs of both greatness and misfortune”.
“Well, it is part of the party manifesto,” he said, adding that he would not like to talk on Capt Amarinder’s take on it.
Talking about other poll promises, the Punjab finance minister said those without any financial implications, such as eradication of VVIP culture, were being implemented in letter and spirit. He said the Congress government wanted to regularise contractual employees but to implement it the respective departments would have to prepare a blueprint. “All government jobs in future will be on regular basis,” he said.