Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal said on Wednesday the state government was committed to ensuring free and fair poll during the upcoming by-election of the Dasuya Assembly segment to be held on July 11.
Talking to mediapersons after presiding over the 'Ajit Haryaaval Lehar' function organised by the Ajit Group of newspapers here, the chief minister said the state congress leadership was unnecessarily making a hue and cry over the interference of state government in the by-election whereas there was no truth in it as it was the duty of the Punjab government to ensure that the elections were carried out in a peaceful and free manner.
Replying to a query regarding the demand of Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh to deploy paramilitary forces in Dasuya, he said they had no objection regarding the demand raised by the state congress leaders, however, he said there was hardly any need for it.
Badal said the state congress leadership was habitual of seeking paramilitary forces for elections for the sake of getting publicity.
He reminded the congress leadership that they were badly trounced by the people of Punjab in assembly elections held early this year even when paramilitary forces were deployed here just because SAD-BJP government had ensured free and fair poll.
Condemning the recent proposal of the Union Government to impose tax on the funds or help sent by the NRIs in the state, the chief minister said it was an anti-people decision which would adversely impact the development of the state.
He would soon raise the matter with the Union government for scrapping the decision, added Badal.
When asked about the allegations of Congress leaders that he had deliberately prompted congress legislature Mohammed Sadique to sing in state assembly, the chief minister said the congress leaders were needlessly raking up this issue and criticising him rather they should have prevented Mr Sadique from singing in the august house.
Earlier addressing the massive gathering at the venue of the function, the chief minister said pollution was the biggest challenge faced by the people of the state in the recent times adding that the state government was committed to wiping out the air and water pollution from the state.
He said in order to reduce the air pollution in the state the government had already joined hands with the Punjab Agriculture University and Forest Research Institute(FRI) to ensure that 5 crore saplings are planted every year in the state.
Regarding the allocation of funds for ambitious 'Greening Punjab Campaign' recently started by the Punjab Government, the chief minister said that 'Sky was the limit' for generating funds for this pious cause.
Mr Badal reiterated that there was no shortage of funds for this purpose adding that the state government would leave no stone unturned to make Punjab clean, green and pollution free.