Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday accused deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal of misleading people by blaming the Centre for the mining product crisis in the state.
Addressing mediapersons here today, Bajwa alleged that Badal and minister Bikram Singh Majthia were indulging in illegal mining of sand and gravel in the state.
He alleged, "Every day, sand and gravel are mined in large quantities, and are transported in thousands of trucks at the behest of Sukhbir Badal and Majithia, even though the Punjab and Haryana high court has banned sand mining in the state."
He also alleged that Badal wanted the auction of only a few mines so he could "control the mines and indulge in illegal mining". Bajwa criticised the deputy CM for terming Manmohan Singh a "weak prime minister", adding,
"Manmohan Singh is a gentle but strong prime minister and does not need any certificate from Sukhbir Badal".