In BJP’s backyard, Bajwa fires salvos at Modi, Badal

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Bhoa (Pathankot)
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2015 09:46 IST

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had befooled the people of the country by raising the slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” before the Lok Sabha elections, while his motto now is “Jai Adani, Jai Ambani”.

Bajwa targeted both Modi and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while interacting with people in the Bhoa assembly constituency (reserved) as a part of his mass contest programme on Monday.

Pointing out PM Modi’s habit of shifting priorities, Bajwa referred to the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. He alleged that at a rally of ex-servicemen at Rewari, Modi had claimed that OROP implementation would be his first decision after forming government, but it was put on the back burner on one pretext or the other.

He claimed that it was due to persistent effort of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that the UPA government had taken the decision in principle on the long-standing major demand of the ex-servicemen and a budget of `500 crore was also allocated for implementation of OROP, but Modi was now trying to take all the credit.

“The Prime Minister has not only backtracked from his almost every promise, but has even gone to the extent of cheating ex-servicemen on the OROP scheme,” he said, adding that the decision was already taken by the Manmohan Singh government and just one further step was required. He, however, expressed his apprehension that going by the delay in its implementation, the issue might be dropped.

In an effort to appease paramilitary forces, Bajwa said the Congress would appreciate if the scheme was extended to other forces too, which works on the same pattern.

Referring to the proposed visit of the Prime Minister to Anandpur Sahib to participate in the 350th anniversary of its foundation, Bajwa said Modi had left Punjab totally disappointed during his last visit. There was no indication so far as his second visit too would be nothing more than just a formality, he added.

He called upon chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to ensure this time that the Prime Minister made some concrete announcements like package for the beleaguered farmers, categorical assurance to uprooted Punjabi farmers settled in Gujarat and industrial concessions to the state on the pattern of the hill states, which were announced by the Atal Behari Vajpayee government, but had proved detrimental for this border state.

He also paid a visit to the bereaved family of Sepoy Manjeet Singh and assured all possible help to the family by the Congress.

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