Ludhiana 19 Feb 2009: Reacting to newspaper report of PUNJAB Government attempt to present a vote-on-account instead of regular budget, National Spokeperson of Congress Manish Tewari said’ It is the height of misgovernance by Akali –BJP. To postpone presentation of regular budget beyond Lok Sabha elections clearly reflects the ulterior motive of state government to hike taxes and impose new taxes in the regular budget.
Till now no election code of conduct is in place and AKALI-BJP government has the mandate to rule for the remaining term till they have majority in Vidhan Sabha, so technically speaking nothing withholds them to present a regular budget in the current budget session of Vidhan Sabha starting on 27th Feburary. Vote on account or the interim budget presented UPA government at the centre was precisely because the tenure of present Lok Sabha was expiring in MAY 2009. As per the constitutional propriety Akali BJP government is bound to present regular budget in the upcoming budget session which should clearly elucidate financial health of the state. Budget is a vital document which reflects the financial prudence of any government and thus it is all the more important that before the people of Punjab vote for Lok Sabha elections they are able to take in account fiscal management of the state by the incumbent government.’
He further said that the report of the sixth pay commission should be implemented as our neighbouring state Haryana and the central government has already done so. The reason state government is giving for delay in implementation of pay commission are nothing but delaying tactics and indicator of incapable governance. The economy of the state is in shambles and the daily advertisement campaign unleashed by Akali BJP government is waste of public exchequer and an attempt to mislead the people. He said people of state are smart enough to figure out development works carried out during Congress regime when they appear in the advertisement of Akali BJP government. In this era of global economic down turn the Akali BJP government does not have vision to tide over the crises and it is really bad luck of state to have them as incumbent government.”