SAD accuses UPA of discriminating against Punjab
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday accused the Union government of discriminating against Punjab by allegedly shifting the Indian National Defence University (INDU) from Punjab to Haryana.
Chandigarh: The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal
on Thursday accused the Union government of discriminating against
Punjab by allegedly shifting the Indian National Defence
University (INDU) from Punjab to Haryana.
At a meeting of the general council of the party presided
over by its President Sukhbir Singh Badal here, SAD described
the alleged move to shift the INDU from Punjab to Haryana
as "another grave injustice with Punjab."
In a resolution passed at the meeting, the party alleged
that whenever Congress party has come to power at the Centre,
it has discriminated against Punjab.
The resolution claimed that the Defence University was
announced for Punjab in the year 1999 on the occasion of the
tercentenary celebrations of the Khalsa.
"The Congress by shifting the university to (south)
Haryana has shown its anti-Punjab bias," the resolution said.
Accusing the Union government of cancelling the
proposed Sri Anandpur Sahib-Amritsar rail link project, the
resolution said it was yet another example of the
Centre-sponsored conspiracy to leave Punjab out of the
In another resolution the party expressed anguish at the
the reported statement of former Chief Minister Amarinder
Singh giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in a 1984
anti-Sikh riots case and said he should stop trying to scuttle
the case by giving misleading statements.
It also demanded that Singh apologize to the people of
the country in general and victims of the carnage in
particular for making a statement like that.
Allging that senior Congress leaders were making all
efforts to shield Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in the anti-Sikh
riots cases, the party said the Sikh community would not
The SAD also criticised the UPA for not implementing the
"one rank-one pension" scheme for ex-servicemen, saying it was
an act of betrayal against those who risked their lives to
guard the frontiers of the country.