Badal slams Congress for demanding Prez rule in Punjab
Slamming the Congress for demanding the President's Rule in the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said the demand was "totally baseless, absurd and without any legal sanctity".
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a state-level function to commemorate the 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap here, Badal said there was hardly any justification for the President's Rule demand made by the Congress, which was indulging in petty politics just for the sake of opposing the SAD-BJP alliance government.
Badal claimed that the Congress had time and again resorted to such "cheap tactics" to eliminate the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), but the "wise people" of Punjab had always foiled their attempts.
Slamming the successive Congress governments at the Centre for their "anti-farmers' stance", the chief minister said due to regressive policies of the Congress governments, the farmers were reeling under heavy debt and were forced to commit suicide. Badal said the Congress had made agriculture a "loss-making" proposition, as a result, the farmers were distressed.
Badal said the Congress governments at the Centre had usurped powers of the states in important departments like agriculture, and the Punjab government had limited role to play in these issues.
Badal said the state government was providing free power to the farmers at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore to bail them out of agrarian crisis, reiterating his government's commitment to help them at any cost.
Advocating the complete sealing of the international border, Badal said it would help curb the drug menace in the country. He said though Punjab was worst affected by the curse of drugs, it is a fact that not even a gram of it was produced in the state.
He said the state was suffering because of the supply of drugs from neighbouring states like Rajasthan and from across the international border. "We are committed to stamping out the menace from the state at every cost," Badal added.
Paying floral tributes to Maharana Pratap, the chief minister said he was a great national icon, who relentlessly fought against injustice, tyranny and oppression.
He said, "Maharana Pratap is a lighthouse for all those who want to serve their motherland with utmost zeal and commitment as the exemplary courage exhibited by the legendary warrior hardly finds any parallel in history."
He said Punjab was the only state that organised state-level functions to celebrate such mega events associated with every section of society. He said the Centre should also replicate the model at the national level to pay a befitting tribute to these national heroes.
Acceding to the request made by the Rajput Kalyan Board, Badal announced to set up a state-of-the-art Rajput Bhawan in any town of their choice to perpetuate the rich legacy of Maharana Pratap. He also announced to bear the entire expenditure to be incurred on the installation of a statue of Maharana Pratap at Pathankot.
The state government is committed towards modernising and strengthening the police force to ensure professional and effective policing, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Wednesday. He was virtually inaugurating and laying stones for 43 projects of the police department worth ₹160 crore from Shimla on Wednesday. He also announced upgradation of Police Post, Sanjauli, to police station. He said last year the state government had provided 394 vehicles to the police department.
Two bike-borne men were arrested with 151g heroin in Sector 17 on Wednesday. The accused Tarun of Yamunanagar and Lakhwinder of Ambala were in possession of 101.5g and 50g of the contraband, respectively. Cell in-charge Rakesh said, “The accused had recently returned from abroad and had rented an accommodation in Sector 17. They were on their way to deliver drugs to Mustafabad, when they were arrested, following a tip off.”
Two farmers were killed after they inhaled toxic gas inside a manhole in Gangwa village in Hisar on Tuesday night. The victims, Satpal and Madan Singh, were among the five farmers who had entered a manhole to clear a pipeline after the water supply to the farmers' field stopped.
A day after getting arrested red-handed while accepting a bribe of ₹4 lakh to drop rape charges from an FIR, the services of a woman assistant sub-inspector have been terminated. Karnal superintendent of police Ganga Ram Punia confirmed that the services of the ASI, Sarita Rani, have been terminated with immediate effect. A resident of Sonkra village, Navjot Singh alleged that Rani had already taken ₹10,000 as bribe.
The Chandigarh municipal corporation is set to crack the whip on defaulters from July 15. There are four types of solid waste including, dry, wet, hazardous and sanitary waste. As per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, all households have to segregate their waste. The MC had started the door-to-door garbage collection from its own vehicles, around 540 in number, last year in January. The vehicles have four bins to collect different types of waste.