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Responding to Mr. Naidu's statement in Chandigarh on Sunday, indicating a possible action by the Centre against his Government, the Chief Minister said he would not allow interference in the affairs of the State. The country had a federal structure and every State acted according to the Constitution. "Let him (Mr. Naidu) bother about the BJP-ruled States. Let him look into corruption in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh," Capt. Singh said at a "meet-the-press" rganised by the Press Club of India here.
Referring to the ongoing investigation by the State Vigilance Bureau against the Shiromani Akali Dal chief and former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, he said the authorities were also looking into the investments/properties allegedly held by the SAD leaders overseas. The State Government was receiving assistance from the authorities in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
He said there was no pressure on his Government from the Centre. At his meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, today, there was no reference to the anti-corruption drive of his Government. The SAD leader and Union Minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, was also present at the meeting.
Capt. Singh said the meeting discussed the corridor project around the Golden Temple complex and that Mr. Advani assured that the Centre would clear Rs. 54 crores out of the allocated amount. He said that in the past 16 months, his Government had made an attempt to steer the State out of the financial crisis.
It was taking steps to develop the infrastructure and encourage farmers to undertake crop diversification. He regretted that even though the State Government was making progress on the development front, media projections centred around the anti-corruption drive, especially against the SAD leaders.
Badal dares Amarinder
PTI reports from Chandigarh, Gurgaon:
Mr. Badal today dared Capt. Singh to prove the allegation that he had amassed wealth abroad.
Reacting to the latter's remark that the vigilance would probe Mr. Badal's property, if any, abroad, a SAD spokesman, quoting the former Chief Minister, said the Chief Minister should accept the challenge.
Resort raided again
A team of the Vigilance Bureau, armed with court orders allowing videography and photography, today raided the resort of Mr. Badal's son for the second time.
The 25-member team, comprising officials of the Bureau, architects, revenue department and engineers of the PWD (Building and Roads), led by the Superintendent of Police, Jagdish Singh Kahlon, entered Orbit Resort, being set up here by the SAD chief's son and Rajya Sabha MP, Sukhbir Singh Badal, on 17 acres. The team took photos, making a video, measuring the resort and assessing it.
Meanwhile, a large number of SAD workers, who had reached here from Punjab, raised slogans against the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, and Capt. Singh for conducting the raids.
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