Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today claimed the election results of five states declared recently has set the trend that the Congress would be gradually “decimated” from the Indian polity.
The way Congress has been routed electorally in the recent assembly polls to five states except Pudducherry, it was reflective of people’s mood to get rid of its anti-poor policies,” Badal said speaking on the sidelines of the death anniversary of Jaswant Kaur, mother of cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra here.
He claimed the Congress would also meet the same fate in the 2017 Punjab assembly polls.
On any possible financial package to the state by Centre, the CM quipped that BJP-led NDA government has already given several prestigious projects like AIIMS, IIM, Horticulture Institute, Amritsar and Ludhiana as smart cities besides giving heritage status to Amritsar and have never denied us anything when we have asked for.
The Centre has also hiked states’ share in its financial resources from 32 to 42 per cent, from which Punjab has also immensely benefitted, he said.
On shortage of wheat stocks, the Chief Minister said that the state government had already satisfied the Centre with facts and figures as Punjab was undertaking procurement of food grains on behalf of Food Corporation of India.
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 lamented that the opposition parties both Congress and AAP were making hue and cry over it just to capture headlines in the media when the state government has already clarified this issue several times through advertisements in newspapers and hoardings.