Chandigarh – Questioning the intent of the Captain Amarinder Singhled Congress government in Punjab on fulfilling pre-poll promises, including complete farm-debt waiver, the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said that the ruling dispensation was peddling the empty coffers claim even when I t had received increased funds from the Centre.SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, while speaking to reporters here, also termed the one year rule of the Congress government in the state as a ‘total failure.’ Amarinder Singh, along with his ministers, was sworn in on March 16 last year after the Congress stormed to power in the state polls. “They (Congress government) are saying that they were left with empty exchequer when they took over. In last one year, the state government received additional sum of Rs 6,500 crore from the Union government. As against mobilisation of Rs 20,000 crore, they got Rs 26,500 crore,” he said.Despite receiving more funds, they are crying about empty exchequer, he said. Basically, they do not want to do anything and want to put the entire blame of their inefficiencies on Akali Dal, the former deputy chief minister said. “What to talk of honouring poll promises, they have stopped ongoing schemes like pension, Shagun etc,” he said. “Captain Sahib has outsourced the government to bureaucracy and it is the bureaucracy which is running the government. In democracy, political masters run the government and here it is the complete opposite. Politicians interact with public and they know their problems while bureaucracy cannot,” he said.This is the firsttime that the graph of any government has come down so sharply in one year, he claimed. Asked whether solving of targeted killing cases including murder of right-wing and Hindu leaders and crackdown on gangsters was not an achievement of the Congress regime, Sukhbir said there was no question of giving any credit to any – one. “It is the duty of police,” he said.
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