Ramesh’s statement exposes Cong’s anti-Punjab stance: CM

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that media reports,related to Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh allegedly saying that the state Congress leadership was opposing Central grants for Punjab,has exposed the anti-Punjab stance of the party

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Updated: April 8, 2014 3:49:27 pm

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that media reports,related to Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh allegedly saying that the state Congress leadership was opposing Central grants for Punjab,has exposed the anti-Punjab stance of the party.

Speaking to mediapersons at Bhaini Mian Khan village on the second day of his sangat darshan programme in Qadian,Badal said that Ramesh’s statement had vindicated the view of the SAD-BJP government that the state Congress leadership was a “stumbling block” in the path of development in Punjab. A few vernacular dailies in the state had recently reported a quote attributed to Ramesh that leaders of Punjab Congress were stopping Central grants from coming to the state.

“It reflected the narrow approach of Punjab Congress leaders towards the larger issues concerning the state… Instead of resorting to such tactics,Congress leaders must join the state government for seeking more funds to ensure unprecedented development in Punjab,” said Badal. Taking a dig at the Punjab Congress leadership,Badal said the state leaders did not have the courage to seek any project from Centre.

Replying to another query,Badal said that before asking the state government to construct a memorial for the victims of militancy in Punjab,the state Congress leadership must ask the Union government to build one.

“The Congress had been at the helm of affairs at the Centre for the last decade and if the party’s leaders wanted the memorial constructed,they should have pressurised their government for doing so,” he said.

Referring to the food security and land acquisition Bills,which were last week cleared by Lok Sabha,Badal said that the Union government was a “copy cat”.

He added: “Though Congress leaders were claiming credit for the two Bills,it was on record that both had been borrowed by the Centre from Punjab… While the Food Security Bill had been copied from the Atta-Dal scheme,the government’s decision to not to acquire even an inch of land without the express consent of farmers had inspired the Land Acquisition Bill.”

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