BARNALA HAS DITCHED HIS MOTHER PARTY BY FIELDING GRANDSON ON CONGRESS TICKET FROM DHURI
ASSAILS AMARINDER FOR MISLEADING THE PEOPLE
SIT CONSTITUTED BY NDA WOULD BRING THE PERPETRATORS OF SIKH GENOCIDE TO BOOK
PAY COMMISSION FOR EMPLOYEES TO BE SET AT APPROPRIATE TIME
PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER MINISTER JASDEV SINGH SANDHU
NewZNew (Kauli/Patiala) : Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today blamed the former state Chief Minister Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala for backstabbing the Shiromani Akali Dal, the political party to which he originally belonged and due to which he remained its President besides occupying the coveted positions right from the Chief Minister, Governor and the Union Cabinet Minister.
Talking to the media persons on the sidelines of the function to observe the 15th death anniversary function of veteran akali leader Mr. Jasdev Singh Sandhu here, the Chief Minister said probably Mr. Barnala was the only leader, to whom the Akali Dal gave all respect and recognition but in return he ditched the party by fielding his grandson Simarpreet Singh Barnala as an official candidate on the Congress party’s ticket for the Dhuri by-elections.
Replying to another question regarding former Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh’s claim that the state was revenue surplus of over Rs.2000 crore in year 2006-07 when he demitted office, Mr. Badal said that everything was on the record and none else could make such tall claims without any ground. He further said, “What is the fun of making such non-sense statements and even I can claim that state is having surplus revenue of Rs.50,000 crore but everyone knows what our government did for the overall development of the state and what Amarinder contributed for its growth”.
Asked to comment on the clean chit given by CBI to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, Mr. Badal said SIT constituted by the NDA government would bring the culprits of 1984 Sikh genocide to the book and ultimately justice would be done to the victims of the world’s most heinous tragedy.
Asked to justify the recent hike in the Salary and Perks of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Legislators viz-a-viz non-acceptance of the state employees demand to constitute 6th State Pay Commission, the Chief Minister said that the state government was equally concerned for the welfare of the all sections of the society and especially the employees which were the integral part of the state administration and it would announce to set up the next state pay commission at appropriate time.
Earlier paying homage to the Akali stalwart and former Minister Late S. Jasdev Singh Sandhu, the Chief Minister said he was the multi faceted personality and played a pro active role in the spread of education in every nook and corner of the state and the educational institutions being run in his name by his son Senior Akali leader Tejinder Pal Singh and her daughter-in-law Anoopinder Kaur.
The Chief Minister said that Jasdev Singh Sandhu was an ‘encyclopedia of Sikhism and Akali Politics’ as he had a green memory and even remembered the events which happened almost 20 to 50 years before.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University Dr. Jaspal Singh, former Minister Mr. Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Chairman District Planning Committee Mr. Mohinder Singh Lalwa, Inspector General of Police Mr. Paramjeet Singh and Deputy Commissioner Mr. Varun Roojam.