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AAP industry manifesto lacks understanding: Amarinder Singh

The manifesto has ignored certain vital issues of the industry that has hit a all-time low in the Badal regime, he claimed.
Capt Amarinder Singh : Punjab Congress president

Taking a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party as war-of-words escalates ahead of Punjab election, state Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Sunday said AAP’s industry manifesto was a “theatrical gimmick” which “lacked substance” and “was silent on several key issues”.

Commenting on the manifesto released by AAP on Sunday, Singh said: “Bereft of any real understanding of issues facing the state’s industry, Arvind Kejriwal has simply picked some of the promises made by the Punjab Congress.”

The manifesto has ignored certain vital issues of the industry that has hit a all-time low in the Badal regime, he claimed.

“From reduction in power tariff to VAT reduction. Simplification, revival of sick units, new industrial township in Ropar and promises to end ‘Mafia Raj’, Kejriwal has simply picked up these points and packaged them in his industry manifesto,” Singh said.

Even the promise to end power purchase agreements with private players is one of our old commitment, the state Congress chief added.

“One needs intelligence to even copy well. Kejriwal in a hurry to ape the Congress has forgotten to mention some key issues, like of small-scale industrial units that the Badal government has decided to shift out,” Singh alleged.

Singh further added:”The manifesto promises regularisation of unauthorized colonies. The issue is an election gimmick because it has nothing to do with the industrial revival, which is an urgent requirement.”

According to PTI report, the Congress had already promised to bring down the industrial power tariff to a competitive rate, Amarinder said, adding if the state can sell power to the national grid at Rs. 3.40 per unit then it can also provide the same to industries.

“AAP’s announcement of an industrial hub in Ropar is a straight lift from the Congress promise of developing the Kandi Belt Area (Ropar-Gurdaspur) as an industrial belt on priority basis,” the state Congress chief said.

 

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