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Khaira asks CM Mann to seek immediate intervention of PM Modi on Chandigarh

Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) Congress MLA from Bholath Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Thursday has sought immediate intervention of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to thwart the various attempts of the Union government to upsurp the federal rights of the state.

Khaira said Mann should immediately seek time from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprise him of the consequences in case the centre failed to refrain or meddle into Punjab affairs. He said each and every state of the country drew its powers from the

Constitution of India and so did Punjab. " The framers of our constitution clearly defined and laid down the powrrs vested in both the centre as well as in the state.

" That was why framers of our Constitution said India is unitary in

spirit and federal in form", said Khaira.

He said the unilateral decision of the Union government to apply

centre government service rules in Chandigarh was completely in

violation of the Reorganisation Act of Punjab 1966. It was not only

discriminatory but also diluted Punjab's lawful right over Chandigarh

as its capital.

According to Khaira in case PM Modi dithered on meeting CM Mann on the

Chandigarh issue the latter should immediately knock the door of the

apex court to seek its intervention on the issue.

The Bhagwant Mann government must challenge the various attempts made

by the union government to upsurp the rights of Punjab in the Supreme


This included enhancing the BSF patrolling area from 15 km to 50 Km,

marginalising Punjab's representation in the Bhakhra Beas Management

Board, deployment of CISF instead of Punjab police at the Punjab dams

and not adhering to 60 :40 ratio rule of the Punjab and Haryana Cadre

employees posted in Chandigarh.

Khaira said in case the union government exhibited indifferent and

step motherly treatment towards Punjab CM Mann should immediately

convene an all party meet of the various political parties to resolve

the issue .