Taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the ordinance on convicted lawmakers,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said had he been at his place,he would have preferred to quit than face humiliation.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function organised by Sri Ram Navami Utsav Committee here,Badal said if he was faced with a situation where his party office bearer belittled him on a decision taken by the whole cabinet,he would have preferred to step down rather than facing embarrassment.
By using derogatory language against the ordinance,Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has expressed no confidence in the PM and the cabinet… It was imperative for the Cabinet to submit its resignation. It was an insult to the office of the PM,which is very unfortunate, said Badal.
The chief minister \added he was concerned about the Cabinets authority being eroded and that both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were privy to the passage of the ordinance in the Cabinet twice and could not feign their ignorance. The managers of Rahul Gandhi may have tried to enhance his image by indulging in such cheap tactics,but this step has given as severe blow to both the Cabinet and the Prime Minister, Badal said.
Asked to comment Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shindes letter to state governments regarding imprisonment of innocent Muslims,Badal said: There was hardly any need for this letter. Every government at the Centre or state must be secular… they must rise above vested political interests and channelise their energy for the well-being of people.
Describing state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwas outbursts on the performance of the state government as a sign of frustration,Badal said this was for the first time since Independence that the Opposition in Punjab was totally clueless and agendaless.
The Congress-led UPA government has reduced states into begging municipalities… even for sanctioning of village link roads,files have to be sent to the Union government for clearance, said the CM.