Seeming to taunt Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and his family, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Tuesday that the Majithia family was enjoying the “maximum benefit of power”.
Addressing the 108th annual convocation of Khalsa College, Badal said Khalsa College Governing Council president Satyajit Singh Majithia was the only man in the country whose son (Bikram Singh Majithia) was a minister in the state, daughter (Harsimrat Kaur Badal) was a minister in the union cabinet and son-in-law (Sukhbir Singh Badal) was the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
While Satyajit Singh Majithia, in his address, asked the Badal government to release funds for colleges run by the Khalsa College Governing Council, Badal retorted, “I have already given the maximum”. But Badal later announced that Rs 50 lakh would be granted from his discretionary quota for the college.
Both Bikram Singh Majithia and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were present at the function, which was also attended by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Bikram Singh Majithia later said Badal made the remarks in a “lighter vein”. “My father had requested the CM for some government grant for the college. The college is government-aided… During his speech, Badal Sahib said in a lighter vein that my father should be proud as he is the only person who has three family members in the government,” he said.
Jaitley, in his speech, praised Harsimrat and attributed her current position to her “competence”. He said he was impressed by the way she came forward to defend her family when the Badal family faced corruption charges during the Congress rule in the state.