A number of Congress MLAs accompanied Mr Singh on the occasion. Others who were present included former Union Minister Venod Sharma, senior Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Sharma and Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon. Though, he said he would not disclose the announcements likely to be made in the forthcoming budget, the CM said he was committed to fulfilling every single promise made to the people of Punjab.
Vowing to break the cable nexus of the Akalis, whom he blamed for monopolization of everything, including news, Mr Singh alleged the SAD-BJP regime had ruined the state "with its corruption and mismanagement", which would be exposed by the white paper his government would soon be releasing.
He also said that Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied a civilian in Jammu and Kashmir to the bonnet of an army jeep as a "human shield" against stone-pelters, showed exemplary presence of mind and saved his men from imminent death.
The Chief Minister, however, stressed that the job of maintaining peace did not lie with the Army and Kashmir needed a political solution, which only the central and state governments could provide.
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