Jalandhar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that his government was constantly trying to get all the pending issues of the state resolved from the NDA government at centre.
Speaking on the sidelines of his Sangat Darshan programme in Adampur assembly segment here, he squarely held the successive Congress governments at Centre responsible for meting out “grave injustice” to the state.
Badal alleged the Congress party had deprived the state of its capital, Punjabi speaking areas and legitimate share of river waters.
He claimed that it was on record that ever since re-organisation of states took place Punjab was the only parent state which had been denied a capital.
“Even after making a promise to hand over capital to Punjab the Congress government had backtracked from it and deprived Punjab of Chandigarh”, he added.
However, the Chief Minister said that as a true custodian of rights of Punjabis, the SAD-BJP alliance government was constantly trying to get all these issues resolved.
He said that they had flagged up these issues time and again with Union government and hoped that the NDA government would undo the grave injustice done to the state.
Badal said that Congress had made these issues so complicated that no time frame could be fixed for their resolution, but the state government was duty-bound to get all these issues resolved at the earliest.
He alleged that the Congress had conspired to rob the state of its water by planning and executing the digging of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
Slamming the Congress leaders for “misleading” the people on SYL canal issue, he said that his government had never supported the construction of the canal.Badal said that throughout his life he had struggled hard to safeguard the interests of the state and its people. He said the announcement of Congress leaders to resign if any judgement against the interests of state on SYL was given by the apex court was nothing more than a political gimmick. “Only three months are left for term of this assembly to expire so Congress leaders just want to mislead the people by indulging in such tantrums”, he added. On resignation by Delhi Minister in wake of release of CD, he said that this incident had exposed the real face of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which claims to be a party with high moral value and character. Badal alleged that AAP leadership was bereft of any ideological commitment and morality. “They just make tall statements and hollow promises to mislead the people but in reality they were lacking character”, he said. He alleged the AAP government’s failure on all fronts in Delhi was a testimony to the fact that the party just attained power by showing greener pastures to people and dumped them after coming to power. He claimed the people of the state would not fall prey to the gimmicks of such leaders and would teach them a lesson in the upcoming polls. PTI
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