Countering Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa's allegations of political vendetta, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Friday that unlike the Congress, the SAD-BJP alliance did not thrive on vendetta politics, adding that the state government would go by the findings of the revenue department's inquiry into shady land deals.
Speaking at the Leaderspeak@HT programme on Thursday, Bajwa had accused the SAD-BJP government of singling him out over land deals. "It's 100% political vendetta. The fight won't end here; it's just started," Bajwa had said
Addressing a press conference before laying foundation stones of development works, the deputy CM said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) did not believe in the politics of retribution and its priority was overall development of the state. Sukhbir was here to launch projects under Mission Ludhiana and give a presentation on forthcoming projects.
He added, "If at all we have to talk about political vendetta, then it must be recorded that it was the Congress government in the state which registered a false case against my mother. Wasn't that a case of political vendetta?" He said action would be initiated against every individual found guilty of land grab, irrespective of his or her political affiliation.
On the alleged involvement of certain political leaders in drug smuggling, Sukhbir said the state government had already launched a massive campaign against drugs and it was committed to taking strict action against anybody caught in the smuggling net, howsoever senior or politically well-connected he may be.
Lashing out at the Punjab Congress, he said the party was facing the wrath of the people and was totally frustrated. The hollow leaders of the dying party are bent upon indulging in propaganda against the SAD-BJP government over empty coffers, he added. Sukhbir asked the Congress to give details of the development projects they brought, if any, for Punjab during its five-year tenure (2002-07).
Replying to a query on the Ludhiana Metro rail project, he said the Rs. 10,000-crore project was being financed by the union government as well as international companies. He said it would take at least five years to complete the project.
Referring to the Budha Nullah, the deputy CM said the state government had formulated a Rs. 250-crore plan for its beautification and clean-up.