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State’s Top Political Leaders Speak their mind at News18 Network’s ‘Rising Punjab’

MUMBAI: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said retaliatory action for every Indian soldier killed by Pakistan shall be unforgiving and manifold. Speaking at a special interaction organised by News18 network channels- News18 Punjab/Haryana/Himchal, CNN-News18 and News18 India- Capt Amarinder came out openly to side with Indian forces despite having reiterated his call for better relations with Pakistan from the same forum.

Batting for Rahul Gandhi to be the Prime Minister Capt Amarinder expressed his exasperation with the various derogatory statements that are made against the Congress Vice President.

Cutting across party lines Capt Amarinder Singh lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that he has always had reasonable support  for the various state issues and demands especially those relating to monetary decisions and requirements from Union government led by Sh Narendra Modi. Speaking at a special interaction Rising Punjab 2017 organised by the News18 network today, Capt said that his relations with PM Modi ever since his stint as a Pracharak in Punjab have been largely cordial and he has got whatever he has asked for, from the BJP governments during his present and earlier tenures.

Punjab’s debt is all set to cross a whopping  figure of Rs 2.50 Lakh crores. This was divulged by Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh while interacting at an event organised by News18 Network here today. The CM was replying to a series of questions posed during an almost hour long Q&A session at RISING PUNJAB 2017, a platform that has been created by the News18 network to discuss outstanding issues confronting the state of Punjab. Capt further added that even as the white paper on finances is yet to be released, the initial estimates and calculations by his government put the Punjab debt at almost double of what has been estimated so far.

Sticking to his earlier stand of having nothing to do with Khalistani supporters, Capt Amarinder reiterated that he would not allow such elements to destroy the stability of Punjab and also jeopardize the future of its youth.

While speaking on the occasion, State BJP president and Union Minister of State for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla said that his party will support the state government on various outstanding development related issues. However, Sampla reiterated that the Congress government has fallen terribly short on the big claims made ahead of polls.

Leader of Opposition Harvinder Singh Phoolka went on to criticize the government for its tall claims and poor delivery on ground even as he asserted that in Punjab AAP can be a suitable alternative for the people of the state.  Akali MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa while stopping short of being overtly dismissive of the Amarinder government’s first 50 days said the government’s performance had fallen far short of expectations.

News18 network has recently relaunched News18 Punjab Haryana Himachal – the channel is committed to airing relevant and impactful regional content in local language.