Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Tuesday that the SAD-BJP alliance had framed the industrial investment policy and the real-estate policy for comprehensive development of the state, adding that both policies would be launched by the month-end.
He said unveiling of the policies had been delayed due to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections and the Moga byelection.
Addressing a press conference before the installation ceremony of former Akali minister Hira Singh Gabria as chairman of the district planning committee, Ludhiana, Sukhbir said the industrial investment policy would focus on the growth of sectors such as textiles, information technology and electronics.
About property tax, Sukhbir said the SAD-BJP government never wanted to impose any tax on the people of Punjab, but the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had arm-twisted the Punjab government to impose property tax as a pre-requisite for the release of grants under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). He alleged that the Centre had withheld Rs 1,418-crore grant last year to force the state to impose this tax. He said a three-member committee had been constituted to ensure a fair and just formula for imposing the tax.
Answering a question about illegal buildings raised by politicians, the deputy chief minister said no one was above the law and nobody would be spared if found breaching the law.
Condemning the behaviour of Congress leaders in the Punjab assembly, Sukhbir said never before in the history of the Vidhan Sabha had people witnessed such violent conduct by the Opposition, which had brought disgrace to the highest institution of democracy. Rather than apologising, the Congress leaders have been justifying what happened in the assembly, the deputy CM said. He claimed that the attitude of the new Punjab Congress chief former (Partap Singh Bajwa) was even more destructive than that of his predecessor (Capt Amarinder Singh).
'UPA govt in ICU'
Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Tuesday that the Congress-led UPA government was now in the ICU (intensive care unit), thanks to the pullout by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
"Even the day-to-day supply of oxygen cylinders cannot keep this brain-dead government alive for long," Sukhbir said.
He stated that with the DMK withdrawing support to the UPA and the Samajwadi Party breathing down its neck after party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was branded a "terrorist", early Lok Sabha elections were inevitable.
Sukhbir said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were fully prepared for early Lok Sabha elections. He expressed confidence that the SAD-BJP combine would win all 13 parliamentary seats in Punjab by a record margin.