North Gazette News/Tarn Taran
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that Chandigarh was an integral part of Punjab and would ever remain with the state.
Badal hoped that the Modi Government at centre would do justice with the state by returning its capital back. Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of the 65th World Sikh Education Conference
organized by the Chief Khalsa Diwan here today, the Chief Minister bemoaned that time and again the successive Congress led governments at the centre had done a grave injustice with the state by denying its capital, legitimate share in river waters and even the Punjabi speaking areas.
The Chief Minister said that since long Punjab has been a victim of the injustice of the Union government but now the time has come when the Modi Government must give justice to the state by handing over Chandigarh to it. He said that as per universally accepted law Chandigarh was a part and parcel of Punjab and it must be given back to the state. “The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has always struggled for safeguarding the interests of the state and we will continue our endeavor to get back Chandigarh” he added.
Badal said that there was barely any example in the country where the parent state has been deprived of its capital, after the formation of linguistic states, other than Punjab. Badal said that it was the high time that the Union government must do justice with the state by returning back its capital.
Replying to a query, the Chief Minister said that the everlasting alliance between SAD-BJP was in the interests of the state and the country. He said that the alliance was necessary for the sake of ensuring progress, peace and communal harmony in the state. Earlier addressing the gathering during the conference, the Chief Minister underscored the need for imparting ‘Purposeful education’ to the youth so as to enable them to earn their livelihood with self esteem and pride. He said that the thrust must be laid on imparting skill training to youth so to make them self reliant.
Badal said that the state government has laid special emphasis on opening a network of skill training institutes in the state so as to open new vistas of employment through education for the youth.
Recalling the immense contribution of the Punjabis in the national freedom struggle, the Chief Minister said that more 80% martyrs or other national heroes who were exiled during the freedom movement belonged to Punjab. Likewise, he said that hardworking Punjabi farmers had immensely contributed in making the country self reliant in food production whereas the brave soldiers had courageously defended the borders of their motherland in post independence era. However, Badal lamented that the successive Congress governments at the centre had not recognized the contribution of Punjabis and has always meted out step motherly treatment with the state.
Lauding the stupendous efforts being made by the Chief Khalsa Diwan in educational, religious, social and cultural field, the Chief Minister said that this organization was serving the humanity with utmost zeal and commitment. He also urged the management of Chief Khalsa Diwan to take necessary steps for providing free and quality education to the poor and bright students of the state. Badal also impressed upon the management of Chief Khalsa Diwan to open skill training centers for providing technical training to the youth.
The Chief Minister also released a souvenir to mark the occasion and also felicitated eminent Sikh personalities from various walks of life.