Navjot Singh Sidhu seeks home portfolio to tackle ‘economic terrorism’

Sidhu told HT that he had been repeatedly talking about the economic terrorism that had ruined Punjab under the rule of the previous state government.

punjab Updated: Aug 17, 2017 14:44 IST
Amarpal Singh
Amarpal Singh
Hindustan Times, Isru (Khanna)
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Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, along with Congress leaders, addressing a public meeting on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Master Karnail Singh Isru in Khanna, on Tuesday.

Training guns on erstwhile state government led by the Shiromani Akali Dal, Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has asked chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to allot him the home portfolio to enable him to act against the “economic terrorism being run by some political leaders in Punjab”.

Talking about the poor financial condition of the state and the mafias being run by the previous government, Sidhu said, “Captain saab mere sarr te hath rakhan, mai ehna nu gatth ban ke situnga (If Captain keeps his hand on my head, I will throw these people {SAD leaders} out).”

Ostensibly referring to some SAD leaders, Sidhu added, “Je captain saab menu do din vaaste police wala mehakma de den, menu maa da put na aakhi, je main kuch na kita (If Captain gives me police department (home portfolio) for two days, do not call me my mother’s son if I don’t prove myself).”

Speaking on the sidelines of the commemoration ceremony of Shaheed Master Karnail Singh Isru at Isru village in Khanna, Sidhu told HT that he had been repeatedly talking about the economic terrorism that had ruined Punjab under the rule of the previous state government.

He accused the SAD government of running transport, cable, liquor and sand mafias, and held it responsible for the breakdown of the industrial sector and usurping businesses. “It is not that we are not taking action. You will see action very soon,” he said.

While addressing the audience, Sidhu said Punjab Roadways was suffering losses of over Rs 500 crore and also mimed former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s slogan of “Raj Nahi Seva”, accusing him of destroying Punjab’s economy. “SAD did such service in 10 years that Punjab is now facing a debt of Rs 3.5 lakh crore,” he said. During the event, Sidhu announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh for the stadium at Isru village.

PAU efficient to curbing whitefly menace: Jakhar

At a public meeting in Isru, Sunil Jakhar, president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, rapped the SAD government’s claim that the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, was inefficient in curbing the menace of whitefly and a team from Delhi will be called in to rein it in.

“SAD should remember that PAU has done significant inventions that had improved the agriculture sector in Punjab. Moreover, the central government under the leadership of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has provided a grant of Rs 100 crores to PAU to pay salaries to their employees when SAD failed to provide it,” he said.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 14:44 IST