Congress pursued ‘excessive centralization of power’, says Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal

Chandigarah(PTI): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday alleged that successive Congress governments at the Centre had pursued the policy of ‘excessive centralisation’ of power due to which states have suffered.


He was interacting with media on the sidelines of ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme in Lambi Assembly of the district.

“Despite its enormous contribution in making the country self-reliant in food production, Punjab had always remained on the receiving end during the tenure of successive Congress governments at the Centre,” the veteran Akali leader said.

Coming down heavily on the opposition for blaming the ruling SAD-BJP alliance for transfer of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers from the state, the Chief Minister said that it was on record that this decision has been taken by the Union government on administrative grounds. He said that for the sake of scoring brownie points in the media, the opposition parties were flaring up the issue out of proportion.

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Commenting on seat sharing arrangement between SAD-BJP alliance for upcoming Delhi polls, the Chief Minister said that the top brass of both the parties would soon deliberate upon this issue and finalise the seat sharing arrangement. Rubbishing reports of Urea shortage in the state, Badal categorically said that the state had received far more supplies of urea as compared to the corresponding period of last year.

Badal said that there was ‘hardly any scarcity’ of urea and ‘regular monitoring’ was being done by the state Agriculture Department to ensure that farmers do not face ‘any difficulty’ in this regard. Expressing satisfaction over the recently concluded NRI ‘Sangat Darshans’, Badal said its ‘sole aim’ was to mitigate the woes of Punjabi diaspora settled abroad rather than drawing huge crowds.

“Sangat Darshan had been very successful exercise as it has helped the state government to ensure prompt redressal of the public complaints,” he said.