Bajwa seeks special status for border region farmers

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday sought “special status” for border areas of the state,which share boundary with Pakistan.

Written by Express News Service | Ferozepur | Updated: April 16, 2014 2:20 pm

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday sought “special status” for border areas of the state,which share boundary with Pakistan.

He also demanded Rs 5,000 per acre compensation for land falling across the barbed wire on the international border and added that he will take up these issues with the Centre. He was addressing party workers at Lakhoke Behram in Ferozepur district.

“I will accompany the MPs and MLAs of border area districts to meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue of special status to border areas after Parliament session starts from April 22,” Bajwa said.

Meanwhile,while condemning the firing at Faridkot Medical College and a clash in Jaiton between two groups belonging to SAD,Bajwa said: “Law and order in Punjab was out of control and there is no safety of common people… In 99 per cent cases of crime in Punjab,SAD members are involved.”

He also strongly opposed an average 9 per cent hike in power tariff for all categories of consumers. “This is the first gift of the SAD-BJP government to people after the Goa vichar sammelan,” he added.

CLP leader Sunil Jakhar also demanded that the SAD-BJP government should publicly display the expenditures that had led to an increase in debt in last six years.

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