Bajwa deflates Badal's claim on Punjab turning power surplus
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa today questioned the hyperbolic claims of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal about the state turning power surplus after the inauguration of the three new thermal plants in the state.
Addressing the party workers at Batala, he said the state government had inaugurated three thermal plants in the state in the last three months, including at Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura but none of them was generating power at the commercial level. The inaugurations had just been done to cash upon in the Lok Sabha elections but the people had now seen through the designs and they could not be misled.
He asserted the Badal government has met with utter failure on all fronts, the latest example being the investment summit which had failed to generate even a single paisa of investment despite projecting the claims of Rs 65,000 crore investment. He said the industrial sector was in deep crisis with about 18770 units having shut down during the last few years.
Referring to the promises made by the Akali Dal in its manifesto in the last Assembly election, the PPCC chief said a lot of emphasis was laid on social security measures. Some of the pensions like old age pensions were to be doubled as part of the manifesto.
However, what to talk of doubling the amount, even the pensions for the last six months had not been cleared. The people could not be misled all the times. Such promises and claims had fallen flat because the ruling party was neither committed not sincere about the welfare of the people, he added.
"The ruling alliance leaders have just one agenda and it is self-welfare. The people are remembered only during the elections", he said.
He dwelt at length on the welfare schemes undertaken by the UPA government which had benefitted the common man.
The party meeting was also attended by Congress MLA from Batala Ashwani Sekhri and his supporters. Mr Sekhri assured Mr Bajwa, who is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha from Gurdaspur seat, that he would ensure better lead for him than the last election from the Batala Assembly segment which he represents.
Thanking Mr Sekhri, Mr Bajwa said the honour of Majha was at stake and the issues involved in this election were bigger. "We have to work hard to win each and every seat to strengthen the hands of party President Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi", he added.
(Posted on 08-04-2014)