Dares the CM to have an open debate with him on development

The Congress in Punjab on Sunday accused the Badals of pushing the State to the brink of bankruptcy and amassing huge wealth themselves.

“How is it that while Punjab is getting poorer and poorer, the Badals are getting richer and richer,” Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh said at a rally here referring to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family.

Accusing the Badals of failing to deliver on all fronts, the former Chief Minister said: “They have pushed the State to the brink of bankruptcy with the State debt rising at an alarming rate while they themselves are amassing huge wealth.”

Alleging that the Government is being run by a coterie comprising Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Singh Badal, his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her brother Bikram Singh Majithia, he said nobody else had a say in matters of governance.

Claiming that no Akali or BJP Minister was happy as they were being subjected to humiliation, Capt. Singh cited the recent example of State Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal who threatened to immolate himself after being allegedly subjected to indignity in Bathinda.

Accusing police officers of registering false cases against Congress workers at the behest of Akali leaders, Singh warned them of dire consequences once his party came back to power in the State.

“I warn them today that I will hang them all upside down,” he said.

Expressing concern at the poor pace of development under the Akalis, Singh said during his tenure he had tried to develop Mohali as an industrial hub so that this model could be replicated all over the State.

“I tried to bring all the IT giants here and finalised about four hunders projects, but unfortunately the Akalis set these aside,” he said, adding, that this would have led to creation of lakhs of jobs.

Speaking at the rally Amarinder Singh's wife and Union Minister of State for External Affairs Perneet Kaur claimed that the days of the Badal Government were numbered.

Addressing a press conference later, the Punjab Congress chief dared Parkash Singh Badal to initiate an open debate on the issue of development.

“If Badal is really so confident about having done so much for the state let him come out on an open forum and debate the issue of development directly,” he said. Terming Badal's claims about development as hollow, he said nothing was visible on the ground.

“He is the CM and I am the ex-CM. Let him come and debate with me and let the debate be moderated independently at some institution like Panjab University and everything will be crystal clear as to who did what,” he said in reply to a question.

- PTI