Punjab revenue and rehabilitation minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Saturday indicated the state government's stand to oppose the proposed wealth tax so as to safeguard the interests of peasantry.
Asserting that the UPA government's "fatal" decision would not be allowed to be implemented, the minister claimed that the proposed wealth tax on farmers whose land falls within 8-km radius of the municipal limits would sound a death knell for the Punjab farmers.
"It will be a do-or-die battle for the SAD," he added while addressing a public meeting at Gumtala village.
Majithia maintained that the farmers in Punjab were already reeling under debt and the imposition of wealth tax would be a bolt from the blues.
The SAS minister said that his party along with alloance partner BJP would hold statewide 'dharnas' on May 2. The workers of both parties along with farmers would sit on 'dharnas' in front of offices of deputy commissioners in every district.
After sensitising and mobilising public opinion on the issue, the state government would hold an emergency session of Vidhan Sabha on May 3.
Earlier, Majithia inaugurated a Rs 10-crore sewerage project for Ajnala road and adjoining areas. It is part of the Rs 600-crore project for Amritsar, under which sewerage for north and south zones encompassing 461 km and setting up of two sewage treatment plants in the two zones are included.
Out of the total amount, Japan International Cooperation Agency would provide a loan of Rs 430 crore whereas the remaining Rs 170 crore would be provided by the government of Punjab and Amritsar municipal corporation.
The work on the sewerage in south and north zones is in progress. The project is slated to be completed by July 2015.
Besides, repair of existing sewerage in the walled city area under Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a cost of Rs 40.79 crore and augmentation of water supply scheme in the area at a cost of Rs 52.97 crore is under progress. The old sewer and water supply pipes are being replaced.
Local bodies minister Anil Joshi and mayor Bakshi Ram Arora along with local MLAs and councillors were present on the occasion.
Attack on Sarabjit unfortunate, says Majithia
Revenue and rehabilitation minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Saturday described the attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Kot Lakhpat Rai jail in Lahore in Pakistan as "an extremely unfortunate incident".
He said that it was high time for both the nations to reduce bitterness in bilateral relations and come forward to the aid of Sarabjit.
He said that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal would take up with Indian authorities the issue of providing the best medical aid to Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani hospital.
He indicated that, if need be, the Punjab government would bear all expenses on Sarabjit's treatment.