Make Chandigarh-The Solely Capital of Punjab: Sukhbir Badal
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Ferozepur MP Sukhbir Singh Badal demanded that Chandigarh be made the capital solely of Punjab, rather than being a union territory and the capital of both Punjab and Haryana. Participating in a general discussion on 2019 Union Budget in the Lok Sabha, Sukhbir Singh Badal reminded the govt. of their promises saying, “The Centre’s promise of making Chandigarh the capital of Punjab remains unfulfilled till now.” Ferozpur MP also demanded that all resources and revenues generated from the Union territory Chandigarh be given to Punjab. Giving an example of Mumbai, Badal further quoted that look at Mumbai; it is generating so much revenue for Maharashtra that without it, the parent State would suffer a colossal financial crisis. Capital cities are force multipliers and the amount of revenue a state capital could generate is phenomenal. Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, has often heated disputation as both have staked claims on the city as their state capital. In the list of demands, Sukhbir Singh Badal also expressed concern over the depleting ground water level in the state and asked for royalty from Rajasthan for availing its water resources.