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Navjot Sidhu hits out at AAP over poll sops, says people won’t fall prey to populist measures

Chandigarh, November 24

Concentrating on the AAP over its sop bulletins forward of the Punjab Meeting elections, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday stated that individuals received’t fall prey to populist measures with out the backing of a coverage framework, outlined finances allocations and implementation metrics.

He stated true leaders don’t give “lollipops” and as a substitute concentrate on constructing the foundations of society and financial system.

Within the run-up to the Punjab polls, Aam Aadmi Get together supremo Arvind Kejriwal has introduced a slew of sops for various sections of society.

On Monday, throughout a go to to Punjab, he promised that if the AAP is voted to energy, its authorities will switch Rs 1,000 monthly into the account of each lady within the state and dubbed it the “world’s greatest ladies empowerment” programme.

Earlier, he had promised as much as 300 models of free electrical energy for every family, 24-hour energy provide and free remedy and medicines at authorities hospitals.

Chatting with reporters in Amritsar, Sidhu took on Kejriwal for making tall guarantees to totally different sections, together with the youth and ladies.

He stated Kejriwal’s monetary help scheme for girls and different guarantees will price hundreds of crores of rupees and exceed the state finances.

He stated the AAP chief is giving “lollipops” to individuals.

Sidhu’s feedback got here a day after Kejriwal praised the Congress chief for elevating public welfare points.

On varied bulletins made by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for various sections, Sidhu stated, “No matter our chief minister has stated… the social gathering will again him and stand by him.”

He stated Channi has executed in two months what former chief minister Amarinder Singh couldn’t do in four-and-a-half years.

“His (Channi’s) intent is correct,” the state Congress president stated, including that the chief minister has the social gathering’s backing.

Later, in a collection of tweets, Sidhu stated individuals received’t “fall prey to populist schemes”.

“UPA Govt formulated insurance policies to remodel India’s & financial system. Right this moment Punjab wants policy-based structural transformation of its financial system. Individuals received’t fall prey to populist “schemes” with none backing of coverage framework, outlined finances allocations & implementation metrics,” he stated.

The Congress chief stated populist schemes are a fast-paced response to common calls for, with none thought being given to governance and financial system.

“Historical past tells (that) populist measures solely damage individuals in the long term. True leaders is not going to give lollipops however will focus to construct foundations of society and financial system,” he stated.

“Credit score video games don’t final, they put extra baggage of debt and depressed financial progress onto the society. Punjab wants a policy-based redemption and shortly each Punjabi shall be rich and affluent as we have been in earlier occasions. Punjab mannequin is simply method ahead!!,” he added.

Sidhu, a former minister, stated in 2017, he launched the Punjab Entertainments Taxes Invoice earlier than the state cupboard “to finish cable mafia to strengthen native operators”.

He stated he wished to finish the alleged monopoly of 1 operator, making it pay the due taxes to the federal government as “solely then the good thing about cheaper connections could be transferred to individuals”.

“Will deliver strong “policy-based” Punjab mannequin. Give redemption from monopolies fashioned by Badals, akin to Cable mafia. SOPs will empty state-treasure and kill livelihoods however does nothing to really uplift the poor and eradicate tyranny of A number of Programs Operator…,” he stated.

The Punjab Meeting elections shall be held early subsequent yr. PTI

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