Punjab: ‘Punjabi Suba’ celebrations
Hitting out at the Akali government’s ‘Punjabi Suba’ celebrations, one of the senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Tuesday, has said that trifurcation of Punjab was “second partition for Punjabis after 1947”.
He has also hit out at the Akalis for further shrinking the State in order fulfil their own sectarian agenda.
Punjab has celebrated its 50th foundation day on Tuesday.
It was declared a separate State after Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were carved out of it on the date November 1, 1966. The Akali Dal and various other organisations had further also demanded for the creation of a Punjabi speaking state during the 1960s.
Who all attended the celebration?
The Akali government celebrated the occasion in Amritsar with the BJP President Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and also Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal attending the function.
The Congress leader has however, flayed the government for celebrating the occasion “which has laid the foundation for the continuous decline of the state“.
“Rather than celebration, it should be a moment of penance and self-atonement for Akalis, who had effectively shrunk the state in such a manner as to deprive it of the rich resources and growth prospects which fell to the share of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Haryana in the process,” he said in a statement here.
Though it was during the time of Congress regime when Punjab was trifurcated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Amarinder Singh said that Punjab has lost out on huge land tracts spanning 80 lakh acres.
He also mentioned that the State has lost precious resources like water, hydroelectric power, forests and tourism to Himachal Pradesh, while large and some well-planned industrial belts went to Haryana due to trifurcation of Punjab.
Capt. Singh said, “Thus, while Haryana has prospered through industrial growth, particularly in Faridabad, Gurgaon and Panipat region, Punjab was left struggling with a legacy of festering disputes, which include the demand for Chandigarh as its exclusive capital and a commitment to provide Haryana with our precious water.”