The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders today dared the Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal to register a case against PPCC President Mr.Partap Singh Bajwa who during his mass contact programme has exposed the failures and misdeeds of SAD-BJP government.
Reacting to a statement by Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh political advisor of Chief Minister, the PPCC Vice Presidents Mr.Charanjit Singh Channi and Mr. Om Parkash Soni in a statement said that SAD leaders had became intolerant, irresponsible and arrogant in their behavior. They advised the SAD leaders do an introspection of their performance and respect the public sentiment. They said that demand by Mr.Mahesh Inder Singh to book Mr.Bajwa for spreading rumors about flight of industry from Punjab was a sign of frustration and arrogance.
The PPCC leaders said that Congress stood by statement of Mr.Bajwa and reiterated that industry from Punjab was relocating to other states due to inadequate supply and high cost of power, heavy taxes on raw material, poor infrastructure and deteriorated law and order situation. He said that SAD couldn’t could close the eyes from ground realities and prove them right on the basis of false propaganda. They said that Mr. Maheshinder Singh was a non-entity in the SAD-BJP government and a dejected leader. It would have graceful if Mr.Badal himself would have replied to the charges.
The Congress leaders said that 274 industrial units shifted out of Punjab between 2004 and 2010 as many as 149 industrial units belonged to Batala industrial town of Gurdaspur. At least 23 units had shifted from Amritsar. They said that existing industry from Ludhiana was relocating to other states due to unfavorable policy of SAD-BJP government.
The Industrial policy of SAD-BJP government had failed to address the problems of existing industry and no concessions were announced for small and cottage industry. They said that alliance government was also not ready to take steps to prevent migration of industry. They had been opposing special package for the border areas so that Punjab’s industry relocate within Punjab rather than shifting to other states.