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Govt To Bring Out White Paper On PPAS Signed By Akalis During Their Regime : Captain Amarinder Singh

Says Decision On Way Forward On Unconstitutional Caa Will Be Taken Tomorrow In House

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Chandigarh , 16 Jan 2020

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced that his government will bring out a White Paper, in the monsoon session of the state Assembly, to  expose the fraud committed by the Akalis with regard to the controversial Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with private players.The White Paper will reveal all the documents  signed by the previous SAD-BJP government in the state, as well as the power plants set up by them, which had caused undue burden on the state, the Chief Minister told  mediapersons in an informal chat after the Governor’s address on the first day of the two-day special session of the Assembly.The Akalis were slippery characters, said Captain  Amarinder, adding that after messing with the state’s economy through various destructive measures, including the PPAs, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was trying to use the  issue against his government to promote their vested political interests.The Chief Minister pointed out that his government had won the case on the issue in the lower court but  the Supreme Court decisions went against them. The state government was fighting the case now in the apex court, he added. He himself had sat on dharna against India Bulls  plant when in Opposition, recalled Captain Amarinder. 

The then Akali government had got the Gidderbaha NTPC power project cancelled to sign an MoU with India Bulls for setting up the plant, going against the prevailing practice of  inviting global tenders for power projects and also forcibly evicting farmers from their land in Gobindpura for the controversial project.The Chief Minister asserted that his  government was committed to protecting the interests of Punjab and its people, and will ensure that nothing detrimental to them is done.Asked if the government will bring in a  resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), on the lines of Kerala, the Chief Minister’s response was ‘wait till tomorrow’. The government, it may be recalled, had  earlier announced its decision to go by the will of the House on the way forward on the issue of the CAA, as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National  Population Register (NPR). The Captain Amarinder government has already rejected these as unconstitutional and divisive.Terming the Opposition walkout during the Governor’s  Address as extremely unfortunate, the Chief Minister lamented that such behaviour in the House had become a way of life. The walkout was expected, he said, but took on the  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and SAD over their decision to disturb and interrupt the Governor’s address while he was speaking on the vital religious subject of the 550th Prakash Purb  celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. The walkout by the Opposition took place while the Governor was talking about the fact that Punjab was fortunate to have celebrated this  historic occasion, along with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


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