Ludhiana: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday hit out at the Congress-led UPA government for "centralising power", saying this was against the spirit of federalism advocated in the Constitution.

"The Union Government has totally centralised power, which is completely against the true spirit of federalism advocated in our Constitution," Badal told reporters on the sidelines of a state-level function in Ludhiana.

"State governments are in direct contact with the masses and are more accountable for the welfare of the general public, so more power must be granted to the states," he said.

Badal claimed that due to the "faulty" policies of the central government, states like Punjab were facing social and economic problems.

He said the UPA government had always projected itself as working for the common man but recent "exorbitant" hike in fuel prices and other commodities had proved that it was an "anti-people" government.

Criticising the UPA government for not taking any steps to generate employment, Badal said SAD-BJP government had prepared a comprehensive plan to provide skill training to Punjabi youth in different disciplines.

He claimed that the security of the country was not safe in the hands of Congress led-UPA government at the Centre.

"Country is unsafe in the hands of UPA due to its irrelevant policies," he said without elaborating further.


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