SAD sees Capt caution on debt as 'threat to officers'
Reacting to the statement by Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh about officers putting a debt-ridden Punjab under more debt, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday took it as "a serious threat issued to bureaucrats".
SAD spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema told the former chief minister that the officers "are working day and night for the development of Punjab, under a constitutionally elected government, and he has no business to threaten them. If he has any point to make, let him make it to the government."
"It is not the first time when Amarinder has tried to terrorise the officers to stop them from performing their bona-fide duties. Before the 2012 Punjab elections as well, he had told banks in the same fashion to not issue loans to the state for development works," said Dr Cheema.
He even accused Amarinder of asking the-then prime minister Manmohan Singh of the Congress to stop grants worth crores of rupees to Punjab.
"Amarinder did so apprehending that development of the state would mean his defeat in the assembly elections. History is going to repeat, so the same fear has gripped Amarinder," said the SAD spokesman.
Rana Gurjeet defends Capt
Rana Gurjeet Singh, Congress legislator from Kapurthala, has defended Amarinder over his cautioning the state officers and taken on Akali leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema for his criticism of Captain. "No well-wisher of Punjab can ever think of putting a further liability of `10,000 crore on a state that is under a humungous debt of `1.25 lakh crore already," observed Rana, in a statement issued here. "The Akali intentions are clear. Knowing that they aren't coming back to power, they want to borrow money to pass on the liability to the next government," he said.
"Amarinder has every right to sound caution, and he has done the right thing by advising officers not to let the Akalis push Punjab into a deeper debt trap," he added.
A LeT 'commander' from Pakistan succumbed to his injuries and a constable injured when the former snatched rifle from the latter and fired at a police party during the recovery of hidden weapons along the Indo-Pak international border in the Arnia sector of Jammu district late Wednesday, said officials. The deceased terrorist was a commander of terror group LeT, alias Qasim, alias Jehangir of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Hussain.
Five members of a family and their employer were found dead in two houses in Tawi Vihar locality in Sidhra on the outskirts of Jammu city late on Tuesday, police officials said on Wednesday, adding that they suspect the deaths to have been caused by poisoning. The police received a call from the sister of one of the deceased, who said that her brother was not responding to calls, Jammu SSP Chandan Kohli said.
A day after Congress appointed former two-time legislator Vikar Rasool Wani its J&K chief, there is indignation within the party as many leaders have termed the decision unfortunate. The Congress on Tuesday appointed Wani as its Jammu and Kashmir chief and senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad the head of the campaign committee. However, Azad who is the senior-most member of the party, refused to be a part of the campaign committee.
The top Kashmiri political leaders on Wednesday said that allowing non-locals to vote in the upcoming elections in J&K will be disastrous and will tilt the balance in favour of the BJP. Peoples Conference chairman and former minister Sajjad Lone said that allowing non-locals to vote in assembly elections will be as disastrous as 1987 rigging. The real aim is to continue ruling J&K with an iron fist to disempower locals,” MupDP president Mehbooba Muftiweeted.
The government medical college in Amritsar, which is one of the oldest secondary and tertiary medical care institutes of the country, seems to have failed in meeting the expectations of thousands of patients of north India, especially of the Majha region comprising Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Pathankot districts, due to several shortcomings, including the acute shortage of super specialist doctors and support staff.