Cong made 'unachievable promises' to people in Punjab: Malik

During a "meet-the-press" programme here, Malik alleged development has come to a standstill in Punjab under the Congress rule.

Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik today hit out at the state government, saying it made "unachievable promises" to the people.

During a "meet-the-press" programme here, Malik alleged development has come to a standstill in Punjab under the Congress rule.

"Congress befooled people. They made unachievable promises to every section including the farmers and youth, but now the people are fed up with them as the government has been unable to deliver on the promises it made," Malik said.

The BJP leader also said the Congress government was making "useless excuses by saying coffers are empty". "Compare any year of Badal Sahab's government versus Amarinder's first year rule, you will get the answer," Malik said, adding "we are asking the Congress to either perform or quit".

Malik also claimed that Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar was not accessible to people in Gurdaspur, the Lok Sabha seat he had won after BJP leader Vinod Khanna's demise last year.

"Mr Jakhar is not accessible to his constituents, he is nowhere to be seen. I am also an MP, I have worked in Amritsar earlier also, I am visible there, I am accessible, but where is Jakhar," he said.

Replying to a question, he ruled out any possibility that the SAD and the BJP will ever part ways.

"This alliance will fight the next Lok Sabha election and win all the 13 seats (from Punjab)," he said.

On the contentious SYL issue, Malik said, "I am a Punjabi, I will talk in Punjab's favour. Do we have any surplus water to share with others? The fact is that Punjab cannot spare even a drop of water for others."

To another question, Malik said the Modi government is committed to uplift the poor and needy.

On recent Phagwara clash incident, Malik said it was the result of "political conspiracy" hatched to "incite caste based clashes" and sought the formation of a Special Investigation Team to probe the matter.

Six days after the Phagwara clash incident in which four persons sustained injuries and caused tension in the area, a delegation of BJP led by Malik had yesterday met Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and sought constitution of a SIT to "identify conspirators and inciters" of the clash.

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