Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), June 8, 2013: Terming that the proposed Eastern Freight corridor between Amritsar and Kolkata would prove very beneficial for the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that it was the result of the concerted efforts made by the SAD-BJP alliance government in last many years.
Talking to the media persons here today, the Chief Minister said that realising well the vast significance of this project, which would accelerate the tempo of ongoing overall development of the state on one hand and give a major fillip to the industrial development of the state on the other, the Punjab government had taken up this issue at the various levels with the Union government. He said that he was happy that finally conceding to the demand of the state government, the Union government has taken this historic initiative. “Besides writing letters, I had personally taken up this matter with the Union government a number of times”, he added.
Demanding a special economic package for Punjab, the Chief Minister said that attributing to the pivotal role played by the state in the freedom struggle of the country and later on in the wars to secure this hard earned independence besides making the country self reliant in food production, the Union government must recognise the amass contribution of state by giving it a special status. However he lamented that despite of enormous contribution of the state the Congress led successive union governments have completely ignored it while formulating the policies. He said that due to the anti-Punjab policies of the Congress led Union government the industrial and agricultural sectors of the state have suffered adversely.
Lashing out at the Congress led UPA government, the Chief Minister said that the Union government was continuously discriminating with the opposition states while allocating the funds from Centrally sponsored schemes. He said that complete insensitivity of the Union government towards the perceptive matters like Law and order, which was a state subject, could be judged from the fact that the Union government was adopting policy of pick and choose while allocating funds required for the modernisation of the Police. He said that this attitude of the Union government was not in the larger interest of the country.
When asked to comment on the notice issued by the Delhi Municipal Corporation to the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) for their proposal to construct the memorial of the Sikhs killed in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Chief Minister while terming it as unfortunate, said that there was no harm in constructing the memorial to pay homage to those innocent people who were killed by the mob after being incited by the Congress leaders. Squarely blaming the Congress for the brutal murder of the innocent Sikhs, he said that the people would never forgive the Congress this grave sin.
Lauding the newly released Industrial policy of the state, the Chief Minister said that the policy has been carefully drafted to safeguard the interests of the agricultural and industrial sectors of the state besides giving a major boost to their overall development. He said that this policy would provide the much needed impetus to propel the industrial growth in the state.
Commenting on the recent decision of the Union Human Resource Minister M. Pallampatti Raju to send a central team for probing into irregularities alleged by the Congress in education department, the Chief Minister termed it as a ‘political decision.
Later on addressing a mammoth gathering in function to honor the newly elected Zila Parishad and Block Samiti members of Sultanpur Lodhi Assembly segment the Chief Minister said that it was a fact that the Congress has never staged a comeback after being routed successively from any state adding that it would meet the same fate in Punjab also. He said that owing to the pro-people and development oriented policies of the SAD-BJP alliance, now the Congress would never be able to form a government in the state. He said that the state government was working hard to provide basic civic amenities to the rural and urban areas of the state for which a comprehensive strategy has been chalked out.
Paying rich tributes to the former Punjab Minister late Atma Singh, the Chief Minister lauded the role played by him in religious, social and political field. He said that late Atma Singh was a popular leader of the masses who had represented the Sultanpur Lodhi assembly segment for seven terms.
Terming the Congress led UPA government as the most corrupt government of the country, the Chief Minister said that the union government had not only looted the taxpayer’s money through scams and scandals but has also brought disrepute to the country by such ‘misdeeds’. He said that after plundering the taxpayer’s money the Congress leaders have illegally stashed it in the foreign banks due to which the countrymen had suffered a lot.
Exhorting the people to wipe out Congress from Punjab in coming Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Minister said that due to the wrong policies of the Congress party the hard working and resilient farmer of the state was indebted under a whopping loan of Rs 32,000 crore. He said that apart from ruining the agriculture and industry of the state the Congress has given severe blow to the psyche of Punjabis by irrelevantly meddling in their social, political, economic and even the religious affairs. He urged the people to route the Congress and constitute NDA government at centre for the complete overhaul of the state.
The Chief Minister also announced a grant of Rs 167 crore for the overall development of the Sultanpur Lodhi assembly segment.
Earlier in his address Revenue and Information and Public Relations Minister, Punjab Bikram Singh Majithia said that the extension of Eastern Freight corridor from Kolkatta to Amritsar has taken place due to the untiring efforts of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal besides other MPs of the SAD. He said that the SAD leadership had vigorously raised this issue at various forums due to which the Union government has been forced to extend this corridor upto Amritsar. Mr. Majithia said that on the one hand the SAD MPs were leaving no stone unturned for raising the issues related to the state but on the other hand none of the Congress MPs from Punjab including Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President Partap Singh Bajwa had ever raised a point for ensuring the welfare of the state.
Making a scathing attack on the Congress leaders, the Cabinet Minister termed them as ‘hypocrites’ who had always shed crocodile tears in the state but kept mum towards the injustice being meted out to the state by the union government. He said that state Congress leadership owes an answer to people of Punjab as why they have never raised any objection before their ‘high command’ for their anti-Punjab stance.
Training his guns against the Congress led UPA government, Majithia said that the Union government was neck deep in corruption and the UPA Ministers have plundered amass wealth of the country. He said that the open loot of public money and tyranny of UPA government was much more than that during the British Raj adding that the Coalgate, 2G, CWG and other scams of the union government were a testimony to it. The Cabinet Minister said that the crushing defeat of the Congress party in by-polls held across the country was a testimony to the mounting frustration amongst the people due to its anti-people policies adding that it was a writing on the wall adding that due to its wrong policies the Congress party would be decimated from the political map of the country in the ensuing general elections.
Welcoming the Chief Minister in her address, former Punjab Minister Dr. Upinderjit Kaur highlighted the major achievements of SAD-BJP government and its pro-people policies aimed at their well being in the region. Raising the demands related to overall development of the segment along with the problems faced by the people, the former Minister also urged the Chief Minister to liberally grant funds for the development of the segment.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Som Parkash, Lok Sabha MP Dr. Rattan Singh Ajnala, Deputy Commissioner DS Mangat and Chairman Markfed Jarnail Singh Wahid.