BJP was part of cabinet that approved entry tax on sugar: Badal
A day after its alliance partner BJP expressed dissatisfaction over SAD not taking it into confidence before imposing an entry tax on sugar, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday asserted that each and every decision to govern the state was taken collectively.punjab Updated: May 26, 2015 21:24 IST
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday clarified that the BJP was part of the cabinet meeting that took the decision to levy entry tax on sugar in the state.
The BJP had alleged that the party was kept in the dark on the decision.
Badal claimed that each and every decision to govern the state was taken by the SAD-BJP alliance unanimously. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of his sangat darshan here, the chief minister said the alliance partners had a complete understanding on all issues and took decisions pertaining to the state collectively.
He claimed that the alliance was everlasting and firm as the partners had complete faith in each other.
"The ministers of the SAD-BJP alliance collectively take decisions in the cabinet which are then implemented for the welfare of people and prosperity of the state," Badal said.
The chief minister said the states should be given liberty to utilise funds as per the needs of their people. He said that to ensure holistic development of the states and the country, the implementation of federal structure of polity was a must. However, Badal claimed that for their vested interests the Congress leadership from time to time diluted this very fundamental principle of the Constitution, thereby giving a big blow to the overall development of the country.
When asked if the states should have more rights in decision-making, the chief minister lauded the NDA government for forming Niti Aayog by scrapping the Planning Commission.
When asked if he would support Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's demand of more rights to Delhi as a state, the CM said Kejriwal's issue was different.
The chief minister said the state government was minutely looking into the case of reinstating of former cop Gurmeet Singh Pinki. He said the law would take its own course in the case.
First Published: May 26, 2015 19:16 IST