Badal ignoring major issues of Punjabis to serve business interests: Bajwa
Lashing out at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa said Badals had ignored the basic issues of the Punjabis for their business interests.Updated: Dec 18, 2014 21:15 IST
Lashing out at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa said Badals had ignored the basic issues of the Punjabis for their business interests.
Bajwa said former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Amritsar, Navjot Singh Sidhu, had rightly said the Badal government was building castles in the air while there was no development on ground.
Addressing a public rally at Nihal Singh Wala, 45 km from the district headquarters on Thursday, Bajwa strongly opposed the borrowing and sale of public properties by the SAD-BJP government to clear its debt and asked the President of India to declare financial emergency in the state.
"I will take up the issue of sale of government properties by the SAD-BJP government with the President and apprise him of the economic mess created by the present government," Bajwa said.
"Governance is the last thing on the agenda of the chief minister who has other priorities. Actually, Badal has lost control over administration and is shielding corrupt ministers in his cabinet," said the PPCC chief.
Bajwa also accused Badal and Sukhbir of promoting the drug trade in the state.
Others who addressed the gathering included former minister and district Congress committee president Darshan Singh Brar; incharge of Malwa zone Anil Datta; secretary of PPCC Harjot Kamal; general secretary of Punjab Youth Congress Kamaljeet Singh Brar; Bijapur block president of Dharamkot Amarjit Singh Bittu; former chairman Paramjit Singh Nangal and other senior leaders.
Relationship on the rocks?
Most of the Congress leaders who are considered close to former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh's group allegedly did not turn up at the party meeting held by Bajwa at Nihal Singh Wala in Moga district on Thursday.
Indicating a divide, district president of Punjab Jaat Maha Sabha, Hari Singh Khai, announced a meeting of the sabha on Friday in Moga to be attended by senior Congress leader Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, the state president of the sabha.
Dhillon is considered close to Captain who is the national president of the sabha.
In Faridkot too, a party rally organised by newly appointed halqa incharge of Faridkot assembly constituency, Dhanjeet Singh Virk, on December 2 was attended by Bajwa but Dhillon and Joginder Singh, party MLA from Jaitu, were absent from the rally. Dhillon and Singh allegedly organised a protest rally a day ahead of Bajwa's visit and it was addressed by Sunil Jakhar, leader of opposition.
First Published: Dec 18, 2014 21:11 IST