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It’s attack on federalism: Cheema

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29

The state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party has termed the Narendra Modi government's move to withhold the Rural Development Fund (RDF) to the state as another "brazen" attempt interfere in the state's internal affairs.

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Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, AAP legislator and the Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema made a letter public which was sent by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to the state government on October 20, wherein the former had ordered for blocking of the RDF.

Cheema said, "The challenging situation amid which the Central Government has withheld a whopping Rs 1,000 crore RDF reflects Prime Minister Narendra Modi's revengeful attitude towards Punjab, besides his meddling in the state's internal affairs. The move is an assault on the federal structure of the country, an attempt to implement the black laws on agriculture, which the Aam Aadmi Party vehemently opposes."

The Leader of Opposition said the alleged misappropriation of the RDF by the ruling state government and the previous Badal regimes had emboldened the Central Government to withhold the RDF.

Cheema demanded Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh immediately issued a white paper not only on the RDF used during his tenure, but also during the tenure when the Badals were in power.

from The Tribune

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