SAD, BJP equally responsible for plight of industry in Punjab: Mohindra

  • HT Correspondent, None, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 21:26 IST

The Punjab Congress on Sunday held the BJP equally responsible for plight of industry in Punjab and said due to misrule in Punjab, the industry is shifting to other states.

Reacting to statements of state industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal, who blamed the SAD for plight of Industry in Punjab, senior Congress leader and MLA Brahm Mohindra said the Congress welcomes the bold admission of the industry minister, as he has reiterated what the Congress was saying from the past eight years that the Punjab industry is in shambles because of misrule and high taxes.

"However, mere admission is not going to absolve the BJP from bad day of industries, as the BJP cabinet ministers are equally responsible for anti-industry decision which the Punjab government has taken," said Mohindra.

He said recently the Punjab Cabinet imposed heavy taxes on the industry and business, and Mittal and other BJP ministers were also present in the meeting. "Don't shed crocodile tears, as the public knows that the BJP is equally responsible for bad days of the Punjab Industry," added Mohindra.

He said it's a fact during the past eight-year rule of the SAD-BJP, no major industry has come to Punjab, but thousands of small scale industry units, were either shut down or migrated to the neighbouring states. The iron industry of Gobindgarh is in shambles because of high tax regime and high power tariff, he added.

Mohindra said as Mittal is now blaming the SAD government and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, thus he should come up with a white paper that why the industry from Punjab is closing down. He said the Congress in coming assembly session will seek a detailed debate on the industrial scenario of Punjab and the Congress will expose that how the SAD-BJP misrule badly affected the industrial scenario of Punjab.

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