People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal lashed out at the Punjab government, following the reports of denial of the much-needed drought relief package to Punjab by the Union government.
Manpreet asked the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal to withdraw party representative food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the NDA government in order to lodge strong protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for yet another discrimination against Punjab.
As per the reports, the Centre has approved financial package of worth Rs 6,800 as a drought relief to four states, excluding Punjab. It may be mentioned that the Punjab government had sought rs 1,500 crore and rs 2,260 crore for the damage to kharif crops due to drought like conditions in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
“It is shocking that the Centre has turned down the plea of the Parkash Singh Badal government, which put forward its claims for financial package,” Manpreet said.
“The people want to know as to how long chief minister Parkash Singh Badal would go on tolerating this blatant discrimination from the very government in which his own family member is a cabinet rank minister,” said Manpreet, adding that the CM must withdraw the Akali Dal representative from the Union cabinet.
Manpreet asserted that the state has been witnessing the highest ever incidence of suicide by farmers, especially in the cotton belt. But still the Centre has refused to come to the rescue of the very people who made the country self-sufficient in food ending dependence on imports,” he added.
“The chief minister earlier used to blame the Congress for discrimination against Punjab at every level but this NDA government has proved to be worst despite Akali Dal being one of its alliance partners,” he said.
Meanwhile, taking jibe at Punjab government, Manpreet said the failure of state government to foot internet bills of government schools across the state exposed futile claims of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who has been talking about providing 4G services in every village.
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