Chandigarh: The Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi called upon Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to stop punishing this state for his defeat from Amritsar at the hands of Capt Amarinder Singh and be large hearted by announcing special economic during his visit here.
In a statement, Channi stressed that special economic package was must in view of the deepening multi-dimensional economic crisis as the Parkash Singh Badal government had turned the state bankrupt due to its mismanagement and focusing more on personal luxuries like making maximum use of helicopter to travel even for short distances and purchasing high end cars.
Channi said victory or defeat was part of the political process but in this case, Jaitley seemed to have taken his defeat to the heart as he considered himself to be the second most important leader after Narendra Modi and his Akali friends had promised him assured victory. However, that proved to be delusion in view of the strong anti-incumbency and formidable opposition. Channi pointed out that the state government was in big financial mess and 70% of the new loan borrowed is spent in servicing the old debt. The government is not in a position to pay even salaries as one section or the other sometimes has to wait for months.
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