Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Party is supreme than any individual, says Sukhbir Badal

Commenting on the suspension of Manpreet Badal from party and dropping from cabinet, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Wednesday categorically said that Party was supreme not any individual. He affirmed that in a democratic set up, it is the party that runs the show.

Talking to media persons after inaugurating Railway Under Bridge here Badal said that the suspension of Manpreet Singh Badal from SAD was based on the recommendations of Disciplinary Action Committee. He said that nobody was above the Party as it was party that makes a leader.

When asked about loan waiver the Deputy Chief Minister said that Shiromani Akali Dal from the very beginning was of the view that Centre must write off the debt without any condition as it was the result of long innings of President's rule during militancy coupled with heavy tax concessions to the adjoining hill states resulting in flight of capital from the State. Badal said that SAD was regularly impressing upon Centre governments that the huge debt of the State was the result of firstly due to its fight against militancy for more than a decade and then relentless efforts of its farmers making country self reliant on food grain front. He said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and he himself was continuously writing and meeting Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Planning Commission for debt waiver.

Besides this, Member Parliament Harsimrat Kaur Badal was also forcefully raising this issue in Parliament. He said that Punjab had fought the Nation's war against inimical forces and now feeding the whole country by bleeding its only source of ground water resulting in major future challenge of ground water scarcity. He pointed out that if there was any loan waiver offer, and then it should be between Union and State governments and without any concrete proposal discussion on it was superfluous.

He asked that if Congress led UPA government was sincere towards Punjab then it should unconditionally waive off total debt of the State so that instead of servicing debt and its interest with its revenue, Punjab Government could concentrate on putting Punjab's developments back on track. Earlier he inaugurated Rs. 17 crore Railway under Bridge (RUB) here connecting Paras Ram Nagar and Partap Nagar to Bathinda City.

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