Rupnagar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today dubbed AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Golden Temple as a “political stunt” to salvage his and party’s “swiftly falling graph of popularity”.
He also alleged the visit to perform ‘seva’ in the temple will not absolve the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP from the “heinous sin” which he has committed by publishing the picture of ‘Darbar Sahib’ along with broom on the party’s youth manifesto.
He said Kejriwal and his party now stood “fully exposed” as their mindset had clearly revealed their “innermost psyche” that how “scant respect” they show towards the religious sentiments of other communities be it Sikh, Hindu or Muslim. He, however, said that anyone could offer prayer and perform ‘seva’ (volunteer service) at Golden Temple as a true devotee who has a feeling of repentance but people like Kejriwal and his accomplices only indulged in “politicking” as there was a world of “difference between their words and actions”.
The visit of the AAP convener was nothing more than a “political stunt to salvage his image” and party’s “swiftly falling graph” of popularity, Badal alleged. Badal said the sole aim of his party was to wrest power in Punjab “by hook or crook” to pursue their political ambitions, thereby “throwing all the norms of decency and morality to winds”.
With political parties criticising AAP for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs, Kejriwal has decided to visit Golden Temple on July 18 to perform ‘seva’ (volunteer service). On the issue of rising unemployment, Badal said his government has already launched a massive recruitment drive to provide jobs to youth in education, health, power and police departments.
On the issue of regularisation of illegal colonies across the state, he said the state government is committed to regularise all the colonies and the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) – the nodal agency had been directed to undertake the entire process of regularisation of such colonies so as to ensure basic civic amenities to the residents of these colonies.
Referring to another issue for the management and maintenance of various historical memorials and monuments in the state, Badal said that the cultural & tourism department had already been asked to constitute special committees under the chairmanship of deputy commissioners for the proper upkeep and maintenance of these memorials in the districts.
A cultural cess of 1 per cent was levied on infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 50 crore as contribution towards the Punjab Ancient, Historical Monuments, Archaeological Sites and Cultural Heritage Maintenance Board Act-2013, he said. Addressing the public gathering during his Sangat Darshan programme here at local grain market, he announced the upgrading of Rupnagar Municipal Council to accord Class-I status to it and said a formal decision to this effect would be taken soon in the next Cabinet meeting.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced development grants of Rs 3.30 crore for the execution of various development works and welfare schemes in Ropar city.
Giving details of major development works, Badal said Rs 101.67 crore would be spent to prevent the flow of domestic sewage in to the Sutlej River and Sirhind Canal, Rs 35 lakh for the construction of causeway on the mini bypass connecting Rupnagar-Nangal National Highway under railway track, Rs 33 lakh for Senior Citizen Home. PTI
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