Sukhbir Badal’s dig at Manpreet: ‘You’re more poet, less finance minister’. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday took potshots at finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal in the Punjab assembly and termed him “incompetent” and “more poet and less finance minister”.
Participating in the debate over the budget proposals, Sukhbir accused the finance minister of fudging the figures claiming that the budget document is just a statement of broken promises and directionless policies with no fresh and constructive ideas.
“A good finance minister gives fresh and constructive ideas while a bad budget and a bad finance minister give only figures. A good competent finance minister will have solution for all problems, but an incompetent one will only talk about problems and have no solution. This is what he has has done in this budget,” Sukhbir said.
The SAD chief said that assessment of any finance minister should be done by what he has said in his previous budget speech and how much of it has been implemented. “If you take a look at the last year’s budget, it seems like 70 per cent of that has been reproduced. The finance minister uses Persian in his speech and it seems there is a communication gap between him and his officers,” he said.
He said Manpreet has created a negative perception among investors that Punjab is reeling under unprecedented debt.
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