statesman news service
Chandigarh, 8 August
Terming the Union Defence Minister Mr AK Antony’s statement on the killing of five Armymen in the Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir as "ridiculous", Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today told the media at the Gidderbaha Assembly segment, saying, it reflected the non-seriousness of the Congress-led UPA government in dealing with such matters.
The Centre initially didn’t blame Islamabad directly for the ambush, with Mr Antony saying in Parliament on Wednesday that the attack had been carried out by terrorists dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms.
After this clean chit to Pakistan and its Army triggered protests by Opposition political parties, Mr Antony today said "specialist troops of Pakistan Army were involved in the attack when a group from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir side crossed the LoC and killed our brave jawans,”.
Mr Badal said that the Union government should have acted strongly after the killing of five Armymen but by issuing such irrational statements, the UPA government has made a mockery of the martyrs, who had laid down their lives while safeguarding the borders of the country.
Slamming the Centre for breaking the backbone of the farmers, Mr Badal said due to the escalating hike in cost of farming operations and the non-remunerative minimum support price (MSP), the peasantry of the state was in crossroads.
If the state government had not given free power to farmers, they would have been completely ruined, he added. The state government provides free power to farmers of Punjab by bearing the additional burden of Rs 5,000 crore every year.