Describing the sangat darshan programmes of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as political gimmicks aimed at misleading the people,Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday said the Congress will move Punjab and Haryana High Court to stop such functions.
Addressing party workers at Kotli Surat Malhi in Gurdaspur,Bajwa said: The sangat darshans are an exercise to cover up for the poor performance of the government and a poor reflection on the administrative capability of Badal and his ministers… There is no system in place at the district and state levels to redress the grievances of the people.
Asking Badal to rename sangat darshans as Akali darshans,he added: Badal has been acting like a medieval king trying to dole out bounties among his loyalists… Congress MLAs had gone to the sangat darshans to prove that such programmes were a political stunt. Badal is doing a job that a block development officer or a panchayat secretary is supposed to do.
Bajwa maintained that ground realities were very disturbing in Punjab,as the SAD-BJP government has failed to perform on all fronts. Rural development,law and order,health,education and welfare schemes,everything is in shambles and people are reeling under heavy tax structure. Unrest prevails among state employees and educated unemployed youth, he said,adding that growth rate in Punjab has slipped from 9.05 per cent in 2007-08 to 5.19 per cent in 2012-13.
Claiming that industrial growth,which was 15.90 per cent in 2007-08,now stood at 9.1 per cent,Bajwa said: Economically,Punjab has slipped to sixth rank from first position during the six-and-a-half years of SAD-BJP rule… While big industry was leaving,there are no concessions for medium and small industry.
Justifying his demand for special industrial package for border areas,Bajwa said: The demand has been made in the light of fact that land and water were available in plenty there. Industrial growth of border
areas will not only help this particular belt but also the economy of the whole state, he added.