No idea about it: Badal on becoming vice-prez

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal sought to play down reports on his possible elevation as the next vice-prez of the country.

Mohali: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh
Badal on Tuesday sought to play down reports on his possible
elevation as the next vice-president of the country saying he
was not aware of the matter.

"I have no idea about it," he told reporters in Chappar
Chiri near here, on the sidelines of a function where he
administered oath of office and secrecy to 21 Chief
Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS).

"At present I have no idea whether there are any plans to
make me vice-president," he said.

Badal also made it clear that he was "not interested" in
becoming vice-president.

A section of media had recently reported that Badal
might become the next vice-president of India and speculation
was rife when he assumed charge of Chief Minister of Punjab
for a record fifth time last month.

Asked to comment on the tug of war between the Centre and
Army Chief Gen VK Singh, he said, "Tt is not in the interest
of the country and such things should not happen."

Describing his fifth term as "golden period" for Punjab,
he said the Akali-BJP government would further accelerate the
development initiatives for all-round prosperity of the state.

Badal also rubbished suggestions that the appointments of
21 CPSs would put additional burden on the state`s finances.
"In fact the CPSs will further help in speedy development of
the state," he added.