A day after former CM Capt Amarinder Singh challenged the Shiromani Akali Dal-led government to list its achievements, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday asked Amarinder to list his contribution to the state.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the function to observe the 15th death anniversary function of veteran Akali leader Jasdev Singh Sandhu here, the CM while replying to question regarding former chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh’s claim that the state was revenue surplus of over Rs.2000 crore in year 2006-07 when he demitted office, Badal said that everything was on the record and none else could make such tall claims without any ground.
“What is the fun of making such non-sense statements and even I can claim that state is having surplus revenue of Rs.50,000 crore but everyone knows what our government did for the overall development of the state and what Amarinder contributed for its growth”, he said.
Asked to comment on the clean chit given by CBI to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, Badal said SIT constituted by the NDA government would bring the culprits of 1984 Sikh genocide to the book and ultimately justice would be done to the victims of the world’s most heinous tragedy.
Asked to justify the recent hike in the Salary and Perks of the Speaker, Chief Minister and Legislators viz-a-viz non-acceptance of the state employees demand to constitute 6th State Pay Commission, CM said that state government was equally concerned for the welfare of employees it would announce to set up the next state pay commission at appropriate time.
Earlier paying homage to the Akali stalwart and former Minister Late Jasdev Singh Sandhu, the Chief Minister said he was the multi faceted personality and played a pro active role in the spread of education in every nook and corner of the state and the educational institutions being run in his name by his son Senior Akali leader Tejinder Pal Singh and her daughter-in-law Anoopinder Kaur.
The chief minister said that Jasdev Singh Sandhu was an ‘encyclopedia of Sikhism and Akali Politics’ as he had a green memory and even remembered the events which happened almost 20 to 50 years before.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University Dr. Jaspal Singh, former Minister Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur and others.