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BJP frowns on dwindling fiscal health,lack of funds for projects

Despite the “all is well” claims put forth by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal about Punjab’s economy,SAD’s alliance partner,the BJP,on Monday expressed grave doubts over the state’s financial health.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: March 14, 2014 3:21:51 pm

Despite the “all is well” claims put forth by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal about Punjab’s economy,SAD’s alliance partner,the BJP,on Monday expressed grave doubts over the state’s financial health.

The dwindling financial health of the state and the ability of the SAD-led government to carry out major development activities in the future was discussed during the core committee meeting of the state BJP held here under the chairmanship of BJP national president Rajnath Singh.

It was pointed out that the municipal bodies and panchayats were not getting enough funds to carry out many of the pending works. The issue of illegal sand mining and liquor mafia was also touched upon during the meeting.

A former BJP minister criticised the working of the government,adding that the state BJP should have a larger say in matters of policy. While raising the issue of the removal of a BJP leader by the party high command,he said his area had suffered due to the negligence of the government. A former state president of the party was also critical about the functioning of the government.

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However,no discussion was held regarding the swapping of BJP’s Lok Sabha seats with SAD in Punjab. The issue of change in the portfolio of BJP ministers was also not taken up.

During the meeting,the BJP’s organisation for the forthcoming polls was appreciated. It was also impressed upon the party leadership that over 13,000 booth level units were functional — the largest ever inroad that the party had made into Punjab.

While addressing partymen,Rajnath Singh asked everyone to put forth a united front in the days to come. Asking BJP leaders to extend complete support to SAD for the Lok Sabha polls,he said local issues and small personal agendas should give way to national concerns.

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