Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday asked Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh to disclose a historic achievement of his four-year tenure, saying people were fed up with Congress and his government.

Instead of working for the welfare of the people, members of Congress presided over the plundering of state resources, whether through illegal sand mining, alcohol smuggling, or embezzlement of funds from the state. NREGA, said the president of SAD, addressing the “ Punjab Mangda Hisab dharnas ”.

“Once SAD forms the state government, we will investigate all of these illegal acts, in particular the looting of NREGA funds,” he said.

Badal claimed congressional lawmakers set up cement tile factories and forced village sarpanches to buy tile from them at inflated prices. “We will ensure that all those responsible for such fraud are punished,” he added.

Sukhbir Badal also harshly criticized the Congressional government for “shedding crocodile tears” over the high rates of petroleum products.

He said that while the Center levies a 31 percent tax on petro products, the Punjab government levies a 27 percent tax.

“The congressional government should reduce its VAT quotient to provide relief to farmers and the common man,” Badal said.

He said the government of Punjab had increased electricity tariffs about 15 times over the past four years, making electricity tariffs in the state one of the highest in the country. “These should be reduced immediately,” he said.

Rejecting the Congressional government position that power purchase agreements with private thermal power plants were responsible for the high tariffs, Badal said the state was getting electricity at Rs 2.80 per unit but selling it. at 10 rupees per unit.

He announced that once SAD formed the state government, it would halve electricity tariffs for domestic consumers.

Badal said the chief minister should tell people why he played with their emotions and why he took a false oath on behalf of the holy Gutka Sahib to forgo loans to farmers altogether, in addition to other promises.

“Even peasant families who have suffered suicide have been promised 10 lakh rupees and a job in the government, but the government has also reneged on this promise,” he added.

Badal said the Congressional government was also responsible for the plight of farmers, who campaigned against the three farm laws.

It was the Congress party that promised in its election manifesto in 2019 to repeal the APMC law and allow interstate trade in agricultural products, he added.

Promising to restart development in the state and secure farmers, the SAD President said: “Once we form the government, we will launch a program to ensure that the 12,000 villages in the state have streets. concrete, access to drinking water and a sewage system. We are also going to introduce a minimum support price on fruit and vegetables as well as on milk.

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