Gurdaspur, Apr 14 UNI | 3 months ago

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Partap Singh Bajwa today said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Singh Badal were under the delusion of a Narendra Modi wave, which the senior leaders from their alliance partner, BJP, had outright denied.

Mr Bajwa is pitted against actor and candidate from BJP Vinod Khanna and Sucha Singh Chhotepur of the Aam Aadmi Party.

He said here that the Badals should do a reality check in view of the denial of any such wave by one of the seniormost BJP leaders, - Murli Manohar Joshi. The former Union minister (Dr Joshi) was himself contesting the Lok Sabha election and had formulated the party manifesto, Mr Bajwa added.

Mr Bajwa said the Badals were promising everything under the moon to the people in the state, in case Gujarat Chief

Minister Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister, whereas the BJP leaders themselves were not so sure of forming the government.

What was all the more ridiculous was that the Badals were trying to befool the people by saying that the development of the state depended entirely upon the government at the Centre, thereby abdicating the responsibility of the state government, he charged.

The Constitution was clear about the areas of responsibility of the Centre and the state governments, Mr Bajwa clarified.

None stopped the Badal government from creating an environment conducive to investment but the reasons for the industrialists not coming forward to invest in Punjab were different and best known to the Deputy Chief Minister, he added.

The entrepreneurs would not like to take any risk in a state where the rulers have tried to monopolized almost every business.

He said the fact of the matter was that the Badal government had failed to avail of the Central schemes due to lack of vision and initiative and inability to contribute its share.

Not only that. The funds coming from the Centre had been diverted to other schemes and this complicated the situation, the PPCC chief alleged.

He called upon Mr Badal to learn lesson from the observations of Dr Joshi, who had rejected the Gujarat model as a panacea for all problems in the country.

He said the problems of this border state were different from that of Gujarat and the same time, one should not gloss over the fact that the social indices in that so called model state were below the national average.

Mr Bajwa campaigned in villages Hardam and Lole Nangal of this Parliamentary constituency along with Ajay Verma, Raju Gharala, Manjeet Singh, Surinder Singh, Surinder Ex-Sarpanch, Parveen Dorangla, Bhinda Dorangla, Sumit Verma, Baldev Singh Ex-Sarpanch and Kulwant Singh.

The constituency goes to polls on April 30.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)