Parkash Singh Badal declines Punjab CM Amarinder Singh's offer on govt house

Andrew Cummings
March 19, 2017

This was among many decisions that the state cabinet took in its first meeting. He said the representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.

The process of finalisation of the policy on the use of red beacons on government vehicles, barring those used in an emergency like ambulance or fire brigade, and those of the Chief Justice and the Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has started. In a gesture of goodwill, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had yesterday made a decision to provide Badal with free government accommodation of his choice amid reports that the senior Akali leader was hunting for a suitable residence after demitting the chief minister's office.

The Aam Aadmi Party has condemned the Capt Amarinder govt for offering facilities to former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. An official spokesperson said a new policy on use of such beacons on vehicles will soon be formulated and notified. "Their (Congress') manifesto was prepared and released by one of the finest economists in the world, Dr Manmohan Singh, and he would not have made these promises if he thought that Punjab government's treasury was empty and lacks the funds to meet these expenses", he said.

Manpreet Badal told The Indian Express, "If anybody else wants to lay a foundation stone, he will have to mention "project inaugurated with taxpayer's money".

Not only Captain Amarinder Singh, punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will also ask votes for the Congress. This means that the MLAs can't hold state functions on new buildings or complexes in Punjab. Addressing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Badal said, "The Bill will be more effective than was proposed by Anna Hazare". The report has to be submitted in 60 days. Amarinder will head the committee with state ministers for finance, agriculture, irrigation and power departments as its members.

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