Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister said that the results of the elections from the five states had set the trend that the Congress would be gradually “Vanish Away ” from the Indian politics.
“The way Congress has been routed electorally in the recent Assembly polls to five states except Puducherry, it was reflective of people’s mood to get rid of its anti-poor policies,” Mr Badal said speaking on the sidelines of the death anniversary of Jaswant Kaur, mother of Cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra in Patiala.
He also asserted that Congress will also “meet the same fate” in the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls 2017.
On any probable financing to the state by the Centre, Badal replied that BJP-led NDA government has given already many reputable projects like AIIMS, IIM, Horticulture Institute, Amritsar and Ludhiana as smart cities and giving heritage status to Amritsar. It have never refused us anything when we have asked for.
He further added that Centre has also increased states’ share in its financial resources from 32 to 42 per cent, from which Punjab has also benefitted a lot.
He said on the shortage of the wheat stocks that the state government had already convinced the Centre with facts and figures as Punjab was undertaking “procurement” of food grains on behalf of Food Corporation of India.
Mr Badal said, “Had we defaulted on this issue, then how the Centre have cleared the cash credit limit for the procurement of current wheat procurement season”.
He regretted that both the opposition parties Congress and AAP were doing all this in order to capture headlines in the media, when state government has already clarified this issue several times through advertisements in newspapers and hoardings.