Continuing with his attack on the main opposition party, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday went a step further and alleged that most Congress CMs in the past were "decadent" and held them responsible for the backwardness of border and kandi areas.
Badal, who was here for a sangat darshan function, charged that it was stark reality that most Congress CMs remained involved in decadent activities during their rule rather than serving the people, particularly in border and kandi areas.
He said that none of these Congress CMs ever bothered to visit these areas due to which they remained unawares of the problems faced by people, including lack of basic civic amenities.
Badal said that the discriminatory policies of successive Congress governments were responsible for creating regional imbalances in Punjab, as the border and kandi areas had lagged far behind others in terms of overall development and prosperity. Due to their vested interests, the Congress leadership totally neglected these areas, he claimed.
He further said that hardly any initiative was taken by the Congress leaders to set up industrial units in these areas which could have played pivotal role in developing them, besides generating employment opportunities for the youth.
Training guns against the successive Congress governments at the Centre, the CM said that the Congress had done grave injustice by fixing recruitment quota in the army from the state, which had adversely affected the prospects of a large number of youths desirous of joining the armed forces. "The need of the hour is to abolish the quota so that more and more youths from Punjab can join the armed forces," he added.
On long power cuts currently prevailing in the state, Badal maintained that due to scanty rainfall and non-melting of snow in mountains, the state had been experiencing power shortage. "For such a scenario, none can be blamed as these factors are natural," Badal, said.
Badal, in order to strengthen Dhussi dam on river Beas, also released Rs 46 crore to the irrigation department. He sanctioned a grant of nearly Rs 5 crore for development of 74 villages.