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Amarinder dares Badal to face debate on development

Written by: Staff
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Verka, Amritsar, Sep 11 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today dared Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal to participate in a debate on the issue of overall development and progress in the state in the special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to be held on September 14 and 15.

Addressing a Vikas Rally here, Capt Singh took Mr Badal to task for his misrule and mismanagement during his three terms as Chief Minister and asked him to spell out a single project that had been set up in the state.

He cautioned the people of the state not to be misled by the ''false and malicious propaganda'' of Mr Badal, who was scared of Congress party's bright prospects in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Capt Singh further said that he was ready to extend the session to 20 days instead of a fortnight as demanded by Mr Badal provided he had something ''tangible'' to discuss.

He said Mr Badal should not misunderstood or misinterpret the facts that we were running away from the debate rather we were keen to prolong this debate till Badal's satisfaction.

Capt Singh said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sanctioned Rs 3150 crore under the Urban Renewal Mission Programme for Amritsar city. Out of which Rs 971 crore had been released for the execution of various projects.

He also announced that the Union Minister of State for Tourism Ambika Soni had conveyed him that the Centre had agreed in principle to open a Passport Office at Amritsar and the requisite land for this office had already been provided by the state government.

On the occasion, Capt Singh announced a Government College for Boys at Verka to be set up over 10 acre land donated by the residents.

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