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Row over Malerkotla: Capt’s decision administratively imprudent, politically communal, says Punjab BJP

BJP national general secretary Tarun Chug said Amarinder Singh has, for the first time since Independence, sowed communal seeds in the state where harmony and amity have been the guiding principles.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: May 16, 2021 1:15:29 am
5 ministers object, then help Captain approve govt job for rebel MLAs’ sonsThe Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the appointments of sons of two MLAs in the government on “compassionate grounds”, even as five ministers vociferously protested against the same. (File photo)

BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh Saturday said that Capt Amarinder Singh government’s decision to create Malerkotla as a new district in Punjab was “administratively imprudent and politically communal” decision.

In a statement issued here, Chugh said that at a time when the state was reeling under heavy debt and the economy stood crippled, the decision to create a new district which would involve an added burden of at least Rs 1,000 crore annually on the state exchequer looked purely “imprudent and injudicious” decision.

Chugh said the state administration was already crippled due to small districts that have been carved in the past due to political reasons.

He added that making an announcement of Malerkotla, a Muslim dominated city, as a district on Eid was “politically and communal” decision.

“Ever since Independence this is for the first time that an administratively communal decision has been made in Punjab which prides itself for its secularism,” said Chugh.

He said Amarinder Singh has, for the first time since Independence, sowed communal seeds in the state where harmony and amity have been the guiding principles.

Meanwhile, supporting UP CM’s tweet, Dinesh Kumar, organisational secretary of Punjab BJP, said, “Congress has made Malerkotla a district eyeing the 2022 Assembly polls. It has been done to please a particular vote bank….Malerkotla is known for great contribution of Ram Singh, who sacrificed his life during freedom struggle and it is known for Kuka Lehar, why all this has not been given due recognition…. But a particular segment has been pleased. So, Yogiji has said nothing wrong in his tweet.”

Anil Sareen, spokesperson of Punjab BJP, said, “We welcome the new district, but when it is called as `Eid ka Tohfa’ it clearly indicates that this has been done to please a particular vote bank and that too in an election year…..The demarcation of the district indicates that a particular religion has been favoured eyeing votes.”

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