Bhagwant alleged the Defence ministry : 7.5 crores from Punjab for deputing in the Pathankot incident
- HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION SANS BJP URGING CENTRE TO TRANSFER
CHANDIGARH TO PUNJAB
Taruni Gandhi, Chandigarh : Referring to the apathetic and step-motherly treatment meted out to Punjab by the Central government, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann as MP narrated an incident when terrorists attacked the Pathankot airbase in 2016, and the state Police force accompanied by Central security forces valiantly retaliated against the attack and assisted in eliminating terrorists without caring for their safety.
Mann said that to his utter surprise, the Centre raised a bill of Rs. 7.50 crore for providing
Central security forces to the state in this regard. He said this amount was finally waived off with the personal intervention of the then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh following his meeting with his fellow MP Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. Mann said, “It is highly paradoxical that the border state which is facing the brunt of terrorism is also made to pay the hefty amount on account of its security”.
He dared Centre to clarify, “Don’t you consider Punjab as a part of the country”. Moved resolution in House to hand over Chandigarh back to Punjab The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Friday unanimously adopted the resolution, moved by the leader of House and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann urging the Centre to transfer Chandigarh to Punjab.
The House also implored the Central Government to honor the principles of federalism enshrined in our Constitution and not to take any steps which may disturb the balance in the administration of Chandigarh and that of other common assets like Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).
However, the BJP MLA Ashwani Sharma vehemently opposed the resolution while taking part in the deliberations on the resolution and subsequently walked out of the assembly in protest. Winding up the discussions after taking into consideration the points raised by various members of treasury and opposition benches during one day special sitting of the first session of 16th Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
Bhagwant Mann said his government would exploit all channels by seeking prior appointment from Centre to call on Prime Minister and Home Minister to mount pressure on Union Government in order to take their fight for legitimate rights of Punjab to its logical end. Giving a clarion call to all the members of opposition, Bhagwant Mann solicited wholehearted support and cooperation from all the parties thus cutting across political affiliations as this issue was quite sensitive and of immense emotional and social significance.
Therefore, in the larger public interest all of us should unite on a common platform to get the justifiable demands of state implemented from Centre in the letter and spirit. On the occasion, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Congress MLAs Partap Singh Bajwa, Tript
Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Pargat Singh, Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Sandeep Jakhar, AAP MLAs Principal Budh Ram, Aman Arora, Prof. Baljinder Kaur, Jai Kishen Rori and Jeevanjot Kaur, SAD MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali and BSP MLA Nacchatar Pal also participated in the deliberation on the resolution.