Punjab Chief Minister
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday slammed the former Chief Minister Captain
Amarinder for conniving with Akalis and BJP to harm the interests of the state.
The Chief Minister, while addressing a gathering here, said
that during his tenure Amarinder secured the interests of Badal family and Modi
by jeopardising the interests of Punjab. He said that due to it Congress MLAs
have unitedly ousted him from the chair of Chief Minister. CM Channi said that
the new party floated by Amarinder is also aimed at benefitting the Akalis and
BJP thereby ruining the state.
Accusing the Akalis of ignoring the interests of the
Schedule castes, the Chief Minister said that Akalis have had an unholy
alliance with BSP and has deliberately allotted them weak seats. He said that
on these seats the Akalis will benefit the BJP in winning these seats. CM
Channi said that the primary motive is to ensure that interests of the SC community
Training guns against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal, the Chief Minister described him as rumour monger who is least
bothered about the state. He said that Kejriwal is only making hollow promises
whereas his government is delivering good governance and clean administration
to the people. CM Channi asked the people to not get misled by the tall claims
of Kerjiwal and company.
The Chief Minister further said that an elite and unholy
nexus of politicians across party line had excluded power from common man just
to loot Punjab. He said that the members of this elite group have a common bond
in form of their own vested interests to loot the state adding that they have
been willfully doing this so by enjoying the fruits of power in game of musical
chairs where the ruler changes after every five years but power remains in
their hands. However, CM Channi said that now this nexus has been broken and
the power is with the common man.
The Chief Minister said that people of Punjab know that
Petrol and diesel was cheapest in Punjab in entire northern region and likewise
rates of power are the cheapest in the entire country. He said that his
government has already reigned in the sand and transport mafia in the state
adding that next turn is of the cable mafia. CM Channi said that the Cable
mafia is a puppet in the hand of Badal family which is charging exorbitant
rates from people adding that this mafia will be broken soon.
The Chief Minister said that he was fortunate that Congress
leadership has bestowed him this service to serve the state. He said that he is
working to resolve the issues that are faced by every common man of the state.
Listing the several pro-people initiatives taken by his government, he said
that Power bill arrears worth Rs. 1500 crore have been waived, Power rates for
domestic consumers have been reduced by Rs. 3 per unit, Bills to the tune of
Rs. 1200 crore have been waived off in respect of motors in rural areas, water
charges brought down to Rs. 50, Rates for sand have been reduced to Rs. 5.50
per cubic feet and Punjab Government is bearing Rs. 35 as part of cost sharing
out of increased Rs. 50 of Sugarcane prices while the private mills now only
have to bear Rs. 15. CM Channi said that not only this but several other path
breaking decisions will be taken in coming days too.
The Chief Minister said that all the decisions taken by his
government are being implemented immediately to provide relief to people. He
said that the opposition is baselessly levelling allegations in dearth of any
issue. CM Channi said that on ground decision is benefitting the people.
In his address Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjit Singh said that
the Chief Minister had taken several path breaking initiatives for well being
of people and progress of Punjab. He said that the Chief Minister has a special
concern for the state and its people. Rana Gurjit Singh described the CM Channi
as the real Aam Aadmi who is always available for the people and is concerned
for the people. He also sought special package for the Doaba region.
Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included
Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, MLAs Mr Angad Singh and Mr Darshan Lal
Mangupur, former Punjab Minister and Chairman Punjab Agro Industries
Corporation Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr
Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner Mr Vishesh Sarangal, Senior Superintendent of
Police Ms Kanwardeep Kaur and others.