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Administratively imprudent, politically communal decision on Malerkotla: Chugh

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | May 17, 2021 07:29 PM

CHANDIGARH: BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh said here today that the Amarinder Singh government's decision to create Malerkotla as a new district in Punjab was administratively an imprudent and politically a communal decision.

In a statement Chugh said at a time when the state was reeling under heavy debt and the economy stood crippled the decision to create a new district which would involve an added burden of at least Rs 1000 crores annually on the state exchequer looked purely "imprudent and injudicious" decision.

Chugh said the state administration was already crippling due to small districts that have been carved in the past due to political reasons.

He said making an announcement of Malerkotla, a Muslim dominated city, as a district on Eid was "politically and communal" decision."Ecer since Independence this is for the first time that an administratively communal decision has been made in Punjab which prides itself for its secularism, " said Chugh.

He said Amarinder Singh has , for the first time since Independence, sowed communal seeds in the state where harmony and amity have been the guiding principles..

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