Special financial package for Punjab: State BJP extends support to CM

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2015 21:18 IST

Hailing the demand for special financial package for Punjab on the line of Bihar put forward by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma on Thursday said the state unit of the party was ready to accompany the SAD leadership to give a representation at the Centre if the chief minister decided to take this initiative.

Sharma, who was here to inaugurate the state executive meeting of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the party, backed the chief minister on this issue and stated that Punjab also deserved financial package on the line Bihar.

"It's a fact that the financial condition of Punjab is very bad at present and the state need special financial care to uplift its economy. The Punjab BJP has no problem in accompanying the SAD leaders if they are planning to put forward the case of the state before the Union government. The chief minister has to take the final call over this," said Sharma.

On recent episodes of resentment expressed against their own government by chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSs), including Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Inderbir Bolaria, the state BJP chief admitted that there was resentment among few MLAs on the issue of development and that needed immediate attention.

"I am not quoting anyone, but I won't hesitate to say that even few SAD MLAs have certain issues pertaining to development and they share it with us in informal talks. And when the pressure mounts high on the elected representatives, the leaders, like the CPSs did, resort to demonstration to express their anger publicly. But it should not have happened. More coordinated efforts at the government level are required to fill this gap. But I am sure these issues would be resolved," he said.

He also justified demands raised by CPS Sidhu, pointing out that the Amritsar East MLA was raking up the issue of non-development in her constituency from last many months.

"In a meeting with Dr Sidhu with local bodies minister Anil Joshi and me, she was assured to get `5 crore from the local bodies department and the tenders for that were also issued. She was upset because she didn't get the other `5 croes which were to come from other departments. So she decided to sit on dharna, but eventually, we managed to convince her," justified the state BJP chief.

Sharma ducked all questions about the controversies in Ferozepur where a case of fraud and bribery has been slapped against his former personal assistant (PA) and other BJP leaders for helping a drug accused.

"Whatever I have to tell on the issue, I have disclosed it before the media. I don't feel there is any logic in replying to the same issues time and again," he said.

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