Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Sunday backed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa, whom the SAD-BJP government has accused of buying shamlat land in villages of Mohali district.
"Bajwa has already cleared the air and has offered to face any state or CBI inquiry as he has not done anything wrong. The way the state government has been manipulating the case, it seems a case of political vendetta," said Tewari, when asked about his stand on the issue.
Tewari questioned the government's move to conduct an inquiry only into the buying of land by Bajwa and his family.
"Why is the government silent on the land deals in which SAD leaders are involved? I demand a CBI inquiry into all sale and purchase of shamlat land in the state and the inquiry would come up with the names of many SAD leaders who are into this illegal business and have minted money by selling panchayat land," said the union minister, on the sidelines of the inauguration of production of local programmes on FM Gold, Ludhiana.
Reacting to a statement by revenue minister Bikram Majithia, who had recently said in Ludhiana that the FM Gold would go ga-ga on the achievements of the Centre, Tewari said, "It would still be better than the praises of Badals and Majithia being sung by a few TV channels. It's a negative approach to development."
Tewari asked the Punjab government to come up with a proposal to facilitate the setting up of a Punjabi film industry in the state. "We don't mind even if they set it up in Bathinda as long as it is in Punjab," Tewari said.
Making a strong case for producing Punjabi films in Punjab only, he said that like other regional films were made in their respective states, there was no reason why Punjabi films should not be produced in Punjab.
The minister said his ministry would provide all support needed for setting up the film industry. He said in case the Punjab government took an initiative, the ministry could consider setting up a regional film censor board in Chandigarh that would cater to the region, especially the Punjabi cinema.