Chandigarh, April 7:
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Mr.Partap Singh Bajwa today warned that Punjab was heading for an economic disaster and condemned SAD-BJP government led by Mr. Parkash Singh Badal for its economic policies aimed to make people into paupers.
Mr. Bajwa said that it was an irony that at a time when financial situation of Punjab was in peril, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has flown to Goa for luxurious ‘Vichar Manthan’. He expressed solidarity with Punjab government employees who were not being paid salaries in time. Badal government has lost all sense of responsibility and failed to address the financial as well as law and order problem, he asserted.
PPCC President said that due to mismanagement of funds, the Badal government has been borrowing heavily and desperately selling immovable assets of state government to run the day to expenses of government. He said that people were heavily taxed and the time is not far when people have to mortgage their properties to pay the taxes.
Mr.Bajwa stated, "Punjab is on the edge of fiscal cliff and cautioned Mr. Badal that mind boggling debt raised by SAD-BJP government would shackle generations to come. He said that by merely controlling wasteful expenditure, state government could have avoided the present situation that too without imposing heavy taxes like the property tax. He said that he was sorry to mention that Punjab was suffering a monetary malady brought on by unbridled greed of Badal family. He said that all the key businesses were monopolized and mafias are ruling the roost.
He held Mr.Badal personally responsible for the financial mess and advised him to come out of his closed mind set, discontinue wasting money on political gimmicks. He took a dig at Mr.Badal for the status of ‘statesman politician’ bestowed upon him by his party and asked him to demonstrate bit of it. He reminded Mr.Badal a Urdu coupled , "Na idhar udhar ki tu baat kar, ye bata ki kaafila kyun luta. Hamein rahjano se gila nahi, teri rahbari ka sawal hai”. (Don’t talk about this and that, tell us why the caravan was looted. We have no complaint with the passers-by, it is a question of your leadership)".