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Revealed: June 30, 2020 12:22:24 am
Former Cupboard Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu Monday hit out towards his personal celebration’s authorities in Punjab saying that state’s cash was going into non-public pockets as an alternative of filling its empty coffers. Sidhu was addressing an viewers of NRIs on the Indian Abroad Congress’s “Communicate Up India” initiative.
He alleged that cash was collected by “front-men and the mafia”, whereas the state turned poor and its income collections dwindled.
Whereas he blamed all governments since 1997 for touchdown state in a monetary mess, he didn’t spare his personal celebration’s present authorities too.
He stated that Rs 15,000 crore debt on Punjab in 1997 had gone as much as nearly Rs 2.50 lakh crore within the present fiscal. He stated that whereas declaring that it was Rs 1.50 lakh crore in 2017, when Congress took reigns of the state from the Akalis.
Mentioning the difficulty of sand mining mafia within the state, he stated: “If Tamil Nadu could make lots of of crores from sand mining and excise, why can’t Punjab do it? We’re a land of 5 rivers in comparison with our states. However why don’t we now have that type of income?”
Persevering with his assault, he stated, “I’m unhappy to say that rulers of Punjab have mortgaged the state. I will likely be glad solely when the son of a rickshaw puller will turn into an IAS officer after finding out in a authorities college. That will likely be a Punjab of my goals….Politics has turn into soiled now. The leaders are behaving as puppets. We’d like leaders who’re there for individuals with out caring about any losses or features.”
Capt responds with ‘no feedback’
Requested about Sidhu’s tackle to Punjabi diaspora the place he blamed all state governments since 1997 for pushing the state into indebtedness, CM Amarinder Singh stated that he didn’t wish to make any touch upon what the cricketer-turned-politician had stated. Amarinder, nonetheless, blamed Akalis for the dwindling financial scenario of Punjab.
Responding to a question on the alleged ‘mafia-raj’ within the state, the CM categorically stated that each the civil and police administrations have been pro-actively concerned in checking the unlawful sale of liquor and sand.
No Cupboard enlargement on playing cards
Trashing reviews of a Cupboard reshuffle for former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s re-entry, Amarinder stated he was not going reshuffle his crew. “My ministers are working very nicely. We’re engaged within the battle towards Covid. This isn’t the time to impact any rejig. Our Well being Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, Medical Schooling Minister O P Soni, each are working very nicely on this well being disaster. Why ought to I alter anybody?” he requested.
Requested to remark whether or not Navjot Singh Sidhu may very well be given any new duty, the Chief Minister stated it was as much as the celebration excessive command to take a remaining resolution whether or not Sidhu is to be given any duty in state or Centre
Sidhu has been away from the political scene for a yr now ever since he had resigned from Cupboard in July final yr. He has been lively on social media currently by means of his ‘Jittega Punjab’ You Tube channel.
(With PTI inputs)
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