Former deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Friday, said it was shameful that Punjab had descended from number one to number 20 under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh and was now being ranked below erstwhile ‘Bimaru’ states like Bihar and Jharkhand.

“It is clear that the SAD-BJP government took Punjab to the number one position after coming out with a new industrial policy in 2013 while you (Amarinder) devoted one-and-a-half years to bring it 20 notches down. What could be worse?,” Sukhbir said in a release.

He added that the Congress government was behaving like an enemy of Punjabis by destroying its own state.

“The Invest Punjab department which resulted in creation of a one-stop clearance system and boosted investment has been demolished. The Reforms Commission has been scrapped. Citizen-centric services started through 12,000 Sewa Kendras which removed the need to go to government offices have been closed down. It is because of all this that the chief minister suffered the disgrace of being asked to wake up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The time for excuses and blame games is over. You have been in power for one and a half years now. You must perform now or quit,” said Sukhbir.

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