Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD stalwart Parkash Singh Badal said here today that he had been saddened by address given by the new government to the Governor to read as it was " a directionless, visionless and retrograde step which contains no outline for growth, development and prosperity of the state.”
"The address sound more like a cry-baby’s list of grievances than a sound policy and vision statement of grown-up and mature administrators. It is a fault-finder, not a path-finder. It shows that at least up to now, the government proposes to just push blame for their failures to their predecessors. We are going to hear more untruths about what they have inherited from us than home truths about what they intend to do. Disappointing really,” said Badal in a statement here.
But the former Chief Minister said that he was willing to be lenient on this lapse as the government is just a few days old and needs time to get to grips with their self-assigned tasks. I hope the Chief Minister puts his foot down here and tells his people to start talking about their own performance rather than telling lies about the previous government. That is an old and worn out excuse and too many Congress governments in the past have unsuccessfully tried to hide
their inefficiency behind this pretext.”
Badal said that the Chief Minister should also tell his team that the lame excuse of "bad legacy and empty coffers” will not mislead people. "The People of Punjab saw ten years of unprecedented all round development and growth. The state’s revenue has gone up from Rs 5400 crore to Rs 37,000 crore per annum. Similarly, the Debt to GSDP ratio was brought down by us from 48% to just 30%, and that was an incredible achievement. If this government continues debt reduction even at our rate, then it should bring that down by another 18%. Punjab will have no problem dealing with 12% Debt to GSDP ratio. Talking about legacies, I remember Lal Singh complaining as Finance Minister in the previous Congress government that they did not have the money even to pay salaries. That was a legacy we inherited from them in 2007,” said Badal.
Badal assured the new government of full support and cooperation in any constructive measure that they take in the interest of the people. "We will not criticize for the sake of criticism. In fact, we will be the first ones to praise them whenever they do something good. I give them this assurance on behalf of my party.”