Raikot (Ludhiana): Describing state Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh as a ‘epicurean monarch’ , the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal dared him to list any single sacrifice made for the state and its people.
Addressing the gathering during Sangat Darshan program in Raikot assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said that Captain was a typical king who was a firm believer of absolute powers for rulers without bothering for the subjects. He said that Captain was trying to mislead the people by promising moon to them whereas in reality he just wanted to form government for satiating his lust for power. Badal said that nothing good for the state could be expected from a Maharaja like Captain.
The Chief Minister also held state Congress Chief Amarinder Singh responsible for inviting Indira Gandhi to start the digging of the canal at Kapuri in his own constituency Patiala by offering her a silver spade to start the digging. Badal said that now these people were trying to attain martyr status by just smearing blood on their finger tip whereas SAD was true custodian of rights of state and its people.
The Chief Minister cautioned the people that if voted to power both the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would discontinue the several pro-people schemes and subsidies being currently given to people.
The Chief Minister said that both Congress and AAP have a proven track record of being anti – poor and anti – Punjabis adding that God forbid if, in any case, these parties were voted to power they would discontinue all these schemes thus leaving hapless beneficiaries in lurch. Citing the examples, he said that during his stint as Chief Minister of state Captain Amarinder Singh had discontinued free power to people and welfare schemes were a distant dream during his regime. Likewise, Badal said that AAP government in Delhi led by Arvind Kejriwal has done nothing tangible on the welfare front adding that even its leaders in Punjab were insulting beneficiaries of pro – poor schemes by terming them as beggars.
The Chief Minister reminded the people about unprecedented development in the state during the current tenure of SAD-BJP regime which entirely focused on development. He said that if voted again to power the alliance would dedicate the next regime towards the economic prosperity of every section of society be it farmer, labour or entrepreneur thereby enhancing their income manifold. Mr. Badal said that there was complete synergy between NDA government at Centre and SAD-BJP alliance government in the state as a result of which Punjab was witnessing unparalleled development in every sphere. Urging the people to exercise their franchise carefully, he said that any wrong verdict by them could mar the prospects of further growth of the state.
Later on interacting with the media persons, the Chief Minister said that there was no revolt in party over ticket distribution adding that only those people were leaving Akali Dal, who have been denied tickets by the party. He said that the ticket distribution has been done purely on merit and such people would not get any support amongst the masses.
Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that the demonetization move of NDA Government led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi would prove very beneficial for the countrymen as this step has been taken in larger interest of the country.
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