State revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia has accused the Congress-led UPA government of discriminating against the state, in its recent announcement of a special package for self-help group based development industry.
"Industrialists of the border state of Punjab suffered, after a special industrial tax holiday was extended to Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Jammu & Kashmir. The discrimination is being extended,“ Majithia told Hindustan Times.
Referring to PPCC Chief Partap Singh Bajwa's outburst against the policies of the state government, Majithia said that he should try and raise the issue of discrimination of the state.
Majithia ruled out any difference with his cabinet colleague and close relative Adesh Partap Kairon on the issue of industrial concessions to border districts in the recently announced industrial policy.
"During the cabinet meeting, every minister has right to express his or her views on any issue and I did so on the issue of the industrial policy,” he said.
Terming the statement of Congress Legislatures Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar that the industrial policy should have been tabled first on the floor of assembly, before its announcement, Majithia said
"It seems that the Congress has not been able to come to terms with good industrial policy, made after a thorough study of policy documents of several states".
Revenue Minister justified imposition of 2% duty on the land registration through power of attorney by saying that the move aimed to check tax evasion by real estate agents.
Earlier, more than 175 Congress workers from the Jalandhar Cantonment assembly segment joined the Shiromani Akali Dal in the presence of Majithia. Welcoming the workers, Majithia claimed that with such a large number of workers joining SAD, the Congress was not likely to offer any contest in parliamentary polls.