Hitting out and ridiculing Punjab government for spending crores of rupees of the state exchequer on its media blitz spreading misinformation through its “Public Disinformation Department on its achievement, former ministers and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said that most of the schemes highlighted are of the Union government and in fact, Amarinder Singh should thank prime minister Narender Modi for these schemes for the benefit of Punjabis rather than taking credit of these.
Talking to media persons here at the party headquarters, Cheema contested that Amarinder Singh had claimed to have fulfilled 141 of the 161 promises saying that he was not only befooling the people but also exposing party leadership to ridicule, including former PM Manmohan Singh whose picture adored the party manifesto.
“ I want to ask a pertinent question to Manmohan Singh if he condones these bizarre claims by his party men when he was present when it was released” said Cheeema.
Majithia said while Amarinder submitted a list of 141 promises fulfilled to Sonia Gandhii while his government mentions of only 21 achievements which speaks whom he is trying to misguide.
Rubbishing the claims of Amariner Singh, Cheema said that the NREGA, Sarbat Sehat Bima Yozna , submerging Ayushman Bharat in it, Housing to poor under PM Awas Yozna or toilets for the downtrodden etc are all Central government schemes and hence Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has contributed nothing to such programs.
Ever increasing farmer suicides in the state are a testimony that the farming community is in absolute distress and no relief promised by the Congress manifesto has pulled the peasantry of the state out of economic duress.
The tall claims by Amarinder Singh by taking an oath on Gutka Sahib and promising that on coming to power the drugs would be eradicated within four weeks is total farce. Since the Congress leaders in the state themselves are facilitating the trade in drugs to the extent of providing home delivery, how could one think of drug free state, he asked”.
If the wild claims of Amarinder Singh are to be taken on face value, Majithia asked why are farmers ‘ suicides on rise and unemployed youth too following then suit and taking to the extreme step of ending their live, why daily death of drug over doze are being reported or why all the sections including employees are agitating and ministers prefer to escape their wrath through backdoor instead of facing the people from the front.
The claim of providing 9 lakh jobs including 42000 government jobs is a total white lie, we would like the state government to furnish us the statistics. According to the state government, 30000 jobs have been provided every month but one fails to see any result of employment as unemployed youth are holding dharnas and protests all over the state.
The promise of of providing Rs. 2500 allowance to unemployed youth should also be brought to the electorate so that the people of the state know the total lies and deceit practiced by Amarinder Singh’s government.
The claim of the state government that Rs. 50,000 crore investment has been made is a blatant lie and shame on the state government , Majtihia said that he would like to ask the chief minister to name one project which has come to the state since the Congress party took over the reign. “No major project worth any mention can be named by Amarinder Singh”, he asserted.
The Akali leader also pointed out while health insurance scheme has been delayed by over one year and is yet to be rolled out. The housing and building of toilets’ scheme is far below the target because of the slow pace of state government functioning.
Amarinder Singh claim of providing electricity to all houses is absurd as its prohibitive cost has made the electricity beyond the reach of poor. During its regime, power tariff have been revised upward for nearly 11 times.
Beside, Majithia pointed that most of the claims simply do not exist. The claim of providing mid day meals to 14 lakh children reveals half truth as recent media reports indicate for months no such facility was provided in the state.
The claim of providing 1.4 cycles to girl students simply ignore that more girls have been left out and denied cycle. The number of girls who have passed out in the last two and half years should be quoted so that the claim of the state government can verified .
Shockingly, the government claims to have done a lot for the schedule castes and backward classes but failed to acknowledge that it failed to release the scholarships for which it had duly received funds from the Centre, added Majithia.