Chandigarh:Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said that there was no reason for Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to react so peevishly to the SAD-BJP asking him not to link the Congress poll promise of loan waiver with a central fiscal package for Punjab.
“ Where was the need to get so worked up? I have said categorically that I and my party and alliance partners support him in his demand for apackage.
All I said was that the promise of waiving farmers’ loan, jobs to 30 lakh households, doubling pensions and more than trippling the shagun scheme amount etc should not be made dependent on Punjab getting this p
The two should be de-linked and the state government should immediately take a cabinet decision on loan waiver, filling of vacancies and other promises made by the Congress in its manifesto.
Badal said that he fully backs Punjab Chief Minister in following SAD-BJP’s earlier demand for a central package for the state. We have been fighting for it since long
“I also request all political parties and leaders, including those in the Congress, SAD-BJP, AAP and Insaf party to exercise restraint and decorum in the language they use in public domain,” added Badal.
He further said that there is no shift in our stand that Punjab should be given a major and liberal fiscal package.
Punjab is sensitive border state with a long, active and hostile international border. We richly deserve a special package above any other state. “
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