Shakeel Ahmed left after making appeal for support to Bajwa Sukhbir is jack of all trades but master of none : Bajwa
HARISH DIDO | 09 Oct 2013

Shakeel Ahmed left after making appeal for support to Bajwa Sukhbir is jack of all trades but master of none : Bajwa

Shakeel Ahmed left after making appeal for support to Bajwa

Sukhbir is jack of all trades but master of none : Bajwa

Jalalabad 7, October: Partap Singh Bajwa President Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today said that undue interference by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal in the working of all departments has become an irritant for cabinet ministers and his style of working is main obstacle in the development of Punjab.

Addressing a meeting of party workers here under second phase of mass contact programme  Bajwa said that Sukhbir Badal lacked knowledge and experience but he was trying to prove himself expert of everything.  “He is jack of all trades but master of none”, Bajwa quipped.  He said that ministers of various departments were reduced to ‘dummies’ who are made to sign on dotted line. The chain of events has led to stalemate in the government where administrative secretaries have lost enthusiasm and initiative and only those files are cleared which are “desired” by Mr. Sukhbir Badal.

Shakeel Ahmed AICC General secretary and in charge of Punjab also addressed the meeting and asked the party workers to support Bajwa.

Mr. Bajwa further said that interference by Sukhbir Badal in the Industry department had caused irreparable loss to the state. No new investment is coming and existing industry had lost the hope of survival. Though portfolio of Industry department was with the BJP,  Sukhbir Badal was taking all the decision right from transfers of officers to deciding Industrial policy of state. He said that it was ironical that BJP ministers had no guts to challenge the autocracy of Deputy Chief Minister.

He said that former Industry Minister Anil Joshi was a dummy minister. Now he has been shifted to local bodies department where the writ of Sukhbir Badeal prevails. He said that former local bodies minister Bhagat Chunni Lal was never consulted on policy decisions and distribution of grants to local bodies. Badal himself has been inaugurating all development projects in cities. He said that Sukhbir Badal had recently visited Turkey to study transport system and garbage collection system but didn’t take along local bodies minister.

Bajwa said that Sukhbir Badal had now bypassed Food and Supply Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and himself became Chairman of the cabinet committee on Food Security Act. He said that during last cabinet meeting Kairon had also objected to Sukhbir Badal’s interference in the Information Technology Department, held by Kairon. He said that Kairon was never taken in confidence on IT policy and was not taken along to Bangalore where Badal held a presentation with IT tycoons.  Same is the situation with other departments, he added.

Bajwa said that Sukhbir Badal was holding two key portfolios of home and sports and he had proved a failure in both. The law and order was at worst with rising crime graph and Punjab had lost its leadership in sports. He said that Punjab was a agriculture state and Mr. Sukhbir Badal was least interested in promotion of Agriculture. There was no regular administrative secretary of Agriculture department for the last over two years. K.S.Pannu who was appointed secretary Agriculture two months back was shifted recently. These was also no agriculture policy of Punjab Government, he added.

He said that his interference in various departments was matter of concern and he was trying to curtail power of Chief Minister. He said that it was different matter that Chief Minister was not functional due to old age. He advised Mr. Badal to appoint another Deputy Chief Minister from BJP to share his responsibilities.

Sunil Jakhar leader of CLP said that SAD-BJP government had turned blind eye towards flood hit people of Malwa region, He said that Congress party had taken up with the center government to provide adequate compensation to farmers who had lost their crops in the floods.

Others who addressed the meeting included Mr. Gurpreet Singh Kangar Vice President PPCC, Ms Karan Kaur Brar. Mr. Amarinder Singh Raja warring, Ran Gurmiet Singh Sodhi, Mr. Hans Raj Josan, Mr. Parminder Singh Pinki, Mr. Mahinder Riunwa, Mr. Goldi Kamboj, Mr. Hira Sodhi and Prof. Gurwinder Singh Mamanke.