In R-Day speech, Badal lashes at Centre for usurping states' powers

Last Updated 26 January 2013, 19:38 IST

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday alleged the policy of successive Congress governments at the Centre had undermined the federal structure of India’s constitution by usurping powers of states.

Addressing a gathering here after unfurling the national flag on the Republic Day, he said framers of the constitution had envisaged a federal structure in the country for ensuring the well-being of all sections of society but the policy of the successive Congress governments at the Centre to usurp the powers of the states has today turned India into a unitary state.

“Our great freedom fighters and patriots had laid down their lives during freedom struggle for ensuring the welfare of countrymen but it was unfortunate that the unitary structure of governance in country has given birth to a number of problems due to which the dreams of our forefathers still remain unfulfilled,” Badal said.

Citing an example of alleged infringement of states’ right by the Union government and its serious repercussions, he said as per the constitution agriculture was a state subject but now grabbing it the Centre was fixing the minimum support price (MSP) of crops.

It is also finalising the prices of diesel and fertilizers besides other agriculture inputs due to which the agonies of farmers have increased manifold, he said.

He said due to ‘non-remunerative’ MSP and escalating costs of agricultural inputs, farming has no longer remained a profitable venture.

Badal said due to such “ill-conceived policies, the hard working farmers of the state were reeling under heavy debt of more than Rs 32,000 crore.

He said the setting up of a “genuine federal structure in the country was the need of hour to fulfill the cardinal ideas of justice, equality and liberty enshrined in the constitution by our great freedom fighters and leaders”.

(Published 26 January 2013, 19:38 IST)

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