Punjab Pradesh president Partap Singh Bajwa Friday asked Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,who also hold the home portfolio,to clarify his stand on law and order situation in Punjab after severe indictment of his government by Supreme Court.
In a statement,Bajwa said the rejection of district magistrates report on Tarn Taran incident was direct indictment of state government. It indicates sorry state of affairs on law and order front,which the Congress party has been highlighting time and again. After reading the orders of Supreme Court,will Sukhbir still stick to his position that Punjab is the most peaceful state in the country, he said.
Claiming that the SAD-BJP government had been forced to lower the property tax substantially,Bajwa described it as a victory of aggressive campaign against it launched by the Congress.
Congratulating Punjabis for their victory,he said instead of bringing the facts clearly,the government has been diverting the attention of people of Punjab by misquoting the factual position and JNNURM guidelines. Under the garb of these guidelines,the SAD-BJP alliance was planning to impose heavy property tax to fill its empty coffers which has been exposed by the Congress.
The Centre has directed that tax should be imposed on properties in the ULBs. In Punjab,tax on properties has been imposed as house tax. The government was just required to change the name and rationalise it, Bajwa said.