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Tohra’s death anniversary: At SAD function, Sukhbir slams new Punjab govt for liquor policy failure

With the state government and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) holding separate functions to commemorate the 13th death anniversary of jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, political attacks took centre stage on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Apr 02, 2017 09:16 IST
Vishal Rambani
Punjab government
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a gathering at the Bahadurgarh Gurdwara in Patiala on Saturday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

With the state government and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) holding separate functions to commemorate the 13th death anniversary of jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, political attacks took centre stage on Saturday.

Speaking at the SAD function, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal termed unsuccessful liquor vends auction in Punjab, as the first big policy failure of the Congress government.

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“The failure of liquor auction depicts the first policy failure of Amarinder Singh government. The auction of vends never failed in the past decade. The SAD-BJP government increased the excise revenue from Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 5,600 crore. We framed policy in consultation with stakeholders. However, this government did not consult anyone,” Sukhbir said.

Taking out a wish-list of his own, he said, the Congress government should waive loans of farmers, provide jobs in each household and give smart phones to youth. “It is strange that Congressmen are saying that they cannot do anything for one year. Congressmen have been saying that the treasury is empty since the last ten years. But this did not come in the way of development during SAD-BJP rule,” he said, adding more money must be pumped in for infrastructure development.

On CAG report that funds were misused during the SAD-BJP rule, he said, “The CAG has never said that I pocketed the money. It was spent on public welfare. There may have been some procedural violation to implement a pro-people project, but there was no misappropriation of funds.”