Chandigarh, May 26 UNI | 2 months ago

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Partap Singh Bajwa today challenged the BJP ministers in the state to openly admit that they were mere "figure heads" as it was Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who was calling the shots.

Terming the Akali Dal-BJP alliance as "opportunistic", he said in a statement here today, that it was interesting that the Akali Dal had blamed the alliance partner for the back breaking burden of property tax and illegal sand mining on the logic that both these departments were with the BJP.

"Can the Local Bodies and the Industries ministers have courage to admit the fact that it is Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal who is running their departments and dictating the policies? The industrial policy was announced by the Deputy Chief Minister while then Industries Minister Anil Joshi was sitting in the side-lines. He had no role to play. Similarly, the Local Bodies Minister was a mute spectator when the property tax was imposed. The fact is that the BJP ministers have failed to perform any effective role in the government", he added. In the process, the BJP ditched its own support base.

Mr Bajwa said the people had given vent to their anger against the BJP in the urban areas as the party ministers failed to stand up against the dictatorial attitude of the Deputy Chief Minister.

This was the reason that a stalwart like Mr Arun Jaitley faced humiliating defeat in Amritsar. He said it was high time for the BJP to rectify this distortion.

Accusing the Badals of treating Punjab as a family fiefdom, he said the Chief Minister and his son had discarded all principles of this eighty-year-old party nurtured with great sacrifices by the workers during various agitations and turned it into a private limited firm by conveying that only family mattered and hardworking people with history of sacrifices, dignity and self-respect had no place in the party.

(Posted on 27-05-2014)