Warring refutes transport ministers claims
Chandigarh, December 14: Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring today refuted the claims of the transport minister Laljit Singh Bhullar that the previous Congress government had favoured private transporters.
Reacting to Bhullar’s charges, Warring, who was the transport minister in the previous Congress regime, disclosed that his party’s government had drawn up routes to favour the state owned transport. He also showed documents to prove his case.
With reference to the private transporters plying buses up to Chandigarh, Warring said, this policy had to be approved by the central government. Since the Badals, whose transport was most affected, were in alliance with the BJP at the centre, they did not let the policy be approved by the central government.
The PCC president asked Bhullar as to which government or the minister cancelled the extended route permits and generated revenue for the state. It was during Warring’s tenure that the transporters who were willfully evading tax were made to deposit the tax.
He also reminded Bhullar denial of permission to Punjab government buses to go up to the Delhi airport for reasons best known to the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi. Badals, he pointed out, were the direct and major beneficiaries of this policy.