Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday criticized Congress led UPA government for denying OBC status to the Jatt Sikhs of the state and said that this move exposes the centre government’s step motherly attitude towards the state.
Badal said that the UPA government recently included the Jatts of the northern region in the OBC list while they denied this status to the Jatt Sikhs of Punjab.
“It reflects the step motherly attitude of UPA government and this was another instance of the discrimination with the state,” Badal said, adding that the centre government has denied its capital, legitimate share in river waters and even Punjabi speaking areas in the past.
Badal said that it was on record that the Union government has always ignored the matters pertaining to Punjab in general and Sikhs in particular. He alleged that Congress party is pursuing the politics of divide and rule that is not in the interest of the nation.
“The discriminatory policies of the Union government are not in the interest of the country as it gives fatal blow to communal harmony and peace,” he said while appealing the Punjabis to uphold the ethos of peace and brotherhood in the state.
Badal added that some forces inimical to the prosperity of Punjab were trying to disrupt hard earned peace in the state.
“People of Punjab have grave responsibility of safeguarding the peace and communal harmony to ensure the progress of the state,” he added.