Lambi (Muktsar): Virtually snubbing the recent attempt by the Union government to take the control of Union Territory of Chandigarh out of the Punjab Governor’s purview, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Tuesday that Chandigarh will always be integral part of his state.
“Chandigarh was, is and will ever remain an integral part of the state. Any deviation from existing practice of appointing Punjab Governor as administrator of Chandigarh was not at all acceptable,” Badal told media during a function in Lambi assembly seat in Muktsar district.
“According to States Reorganisation Act, every parent state has sole right over its capital city but grave injustice had been meted out to state by denying Chandigarh to the state. Punjab has the sole right over its capital and it must be given to the state at every cost. Till Chandigarh is not given to the state, the around four decades old practice of appointing Punjab Governor as the administrator of Chandigarh should be continued,” said Badal, who was quite upset as the move came just as Punjab is six months away from assembly polls.
Badal’s comments came in response to a move by the Narendra Modi government last week in which it was decided to appoint Kerala BJP leader and former firebrand bureaucrat K J Alphons as the new Administrator of the Union Territory.
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