Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday urged Opposition Congress to shun politics of confrontation even as he locked horns with UPA government advocating scrapping of all Centre-sponsored schemes. Badal called for nation-wide political initiative to recast the Constitution along federal lines,scrapping all central schemes and making provision for direct transfer of 50 per cent of central taxes to states.
The chief minister asked the union government to transfer the funds directly to the states as Untied Funds and Direct Grants to enable them to formulate schemes. He cited Central government retained 67.5 per cent of all the tax collected and merely 32.5 per cent was devolved to the states. He asked the Centre to desist from usurping the powers vested in states by the constitution of India under states list.
Winding up the debate on the Governors address in the Punjab Assembly amid boycott by opposition Congress,Badal impressed upon for an end to the politics of confrontation and starting of an era of political consensus for taking the state forward on the path to progress and getting its long pending demands settled.
Demanding immediate transfer of Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas to Punjab and early resolution of river waters issue,Badal said that Punjab could no longer be denied what is justifiably its.
Bemoaning the denial of justice to victims of 1984 anti Sikh riots,Badal appealed the Centre to bring to book the guilty. He said Congress instead of punishing guilty has rewarded the perpetrators with plump posts.