Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said due to gross financial mismanagement over the last 25 years and diversion of public resources making a few powerful people rich, Punjab is submerged under lakhs of crores of debt.

Today, Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu drafted a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. In the letter, Sidhu asked for a personal meeting to present his 13-point agenda which is to be part of the poll manifesto. A copy of the letter was also shared by him on his Twitter handle.

The letter written by Sidhu urged Sonia to give him a personal audience to present the Punjab Model with a 13-Point Agenda. “The Punjab Model with a 13-Point Agenda will be part of the Congress Manifesto for the 2022 Assembly Elections, which is separate from this by means of its long-term vision to be implemented over a longer period of time, have crafted it through years of consultations with academics, civil society, party workers and feedback from the People of Punjab,” Sidhu said.

In the letter, Sidhu mentioned that Punjab for decades was the richest state of the country. Presently, he pointed out that due to gross financial mismanagement over the last 25 years and diversion of public resources making a few powerful people rich, the state is submerged under lakhs of crores of debt. He claimed that the Centre government for the past seven years has supplemented the issue by discriminating against Punjab while paying its financial dues such as GST payments.

Sidhu mentioned several topics in his letter such as justice for sacrilege, drug menace in the state, agriculture, electricity and power purchase agreements (PPA), employment, welfare of scheduled castes and backward castes, single-window system for improving the business environment in the state, liquor, and sand mining issues, transport infrastructure, cable mafia, and women and youth empowerment.

“It might be the last damage control exercise or else, Mafia-Raj ruling the State patronized by the Badals will take the state to the extend [extent] of financial emergency, joblessness, corruption and agrarian crisis, from which, there will be no return. Thus, I request you please kindly consider these points and give your august direction to the State Government to act in the best interests of the People of Punjab immediately,” he wrote in the letter.

The letter by Sidhu comes a day after interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi lectured the G-23 leaders for using the media to voice their opinions.

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