Tarn Taran (Punjab): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said the government would continue its public welfare policies as per the manifesto of the SAD-BJP combine despite "mischievous tirade" against pro-poor subsidies.
Addressing a gathering at a function here, Badal said
certain individuals wanted the state government to stop
subsidies by discontinuing pro poor, pro farmer policy which
was not acceptable to the party.
Without naming former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh
Badal, Sukhbir said, "how can we charge Rs 20 per kg for flour
instead of Rs 4 and Rs 100 per kg for pulses instead of Rs 20
from BPL families?"
He alleged that Manpreet wanted that the government
should charge Rs 30,000 monthly power bill from farmers,
besides stopping free 200 unit power to Scheduled Caste
families. "If we agree by his contentions, free travel to
students and senior citizens would have to be stopped..."
Meanwhile in Jalandhar, Sukhbir told reporters that he
would not say anything about Manpreet as he was his brother.
"Manpreet is my brother and I would not say anything about
him. However, no political party will tolerate indiscipline in
the party," he said.