Punjab to continue struggle for its right: Guv
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2011, 19:02
Chandigarh: Punjab would continue to fight for its rights over river waters, fund allocation, territorial issues which were unjustly denied to it, state Governor Shivraj Patil said on Friday.

Delivering his address on the opening day of the Budget session in the Assembly, Patil said the state had been subjected to "gross injustice" and "discrimination" on religious, political, economic and geographical matters.

"Vast Punjabi speaking areas, including its capital city of Chandigarh, were willfully kept out of the state in total defiance of all precedents and principles of natural justice," he told the Assembly.

The state was denied its rights over river waters in violation of the nationally and internationally accepted riparian principle, the governor said amidst thumping of benches by the ruling party legislators.

Meanwhile, the entire opposition Congress led by MLA Avtar Singh staged a walkout when the governor was in the 50th minute of his 67-page address.

Former chief minister Amarinder Singh and former state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal were conspicuous by their absence on the opening day of the budget session.

In his 90-minute address, the governor said Punjab had been subjected to calculated discrimination and injustice in the economic sphere.

In a veiled threat to neighbouring Haryana for proposing a separate committee to manage Sikh shrines, the governor said that the "ill advised" attempt to undermine the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) should be avoided in the interest of religious and social harmony.

Punjab demands that states should be given at least 50 per cent share in central taxes, he added.

Nearly sixty years since Independence, Punjab was denied any major industrial project. However, tireless efforts of the state government made it possible for the state to bag the Rs 19,000 crore Bathinda refinery project, he said.

He said that the state government was also bringing in a revolutionary 'Right to Service Act'.

The House was adjourned till Monday after the Governor's address and other formalities ended.


First Published: Friday, March 04, 2011, 19:02

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