Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should either perform or quit the job. Addressing a meeting of party workers at Dharamkot,he said Badal should pity the people of Punjab and let them live with respect and pride.
Punjab is close to becoming a Banana Republic due to a situation of anarchy prevailing in the government headed by the Badals. The SAD-BJP government has failed in maintaining law and order,leaving people to suffer at the hands of criminals. Rampant corruption has plagued the system and the economy was in a shambles, Bajwa said.
Bajwa also opposed the borrowing and sale of public property by the government to clear its debt,pay salaries of staff and for other expenses and demanded that financial emergency be declared in the state.
He said by selling public property,the government was cheating the people of Punjab,adding,it had already sold properties of Punjab Tourism Corporation at throw away price to its favourites and had now begun mortgaging the land and buildings owned by Punjab Urban Development Authority.
He said it was shameful that PUDA Bhawan in Mohali was mortgaged for Rs 500 crore. The PUDA has been asked to raise Rs 1,000 crore against its properties. The government has also borrowed Rs 3,500 crore from the market by auctioning state development funds.
Bajwa said he would take up the issue of the selling of government property by the SAD-BJP government with the central government and the President of India,and apprise them about the economic crisis created by present government.
Further,Bajwa said the chief minister had given a clean chit to former agriculture minister Sucha Singh Lan gah in the seed-subsidy scandal,Gulzar Singh Ranike in the embezzlement of rural development fund and Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka in bungling of purchase of books,practical books and science kits.
The chief minister is conducting Sangat Darshan just to keep himself busy. His hobby is costing heavily to the public exchequer, he said.
Govt denies mortgaging property
Chandigarh: A government spokesperson on Sunday vehemently denied a news item in a section of the press claiming that Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) had mortgaged its building and described the same as a factually wrong and mischievous news item.