Terming that the ensuing state assembly polls would be a fight between pro and anti-Punjab forces, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday exhorted the people to support Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for giving crushing defeat to forces inimical to the state. Addressing a political conference here to mark the sacred occasion of Rakhar Punia, the Chief Minister said that the upcoming polls would be decisive for state as it would make or mar the future of state as the fight was between SAD and the enemies of state like AAP and Congress.
He said that if pro people force like SAD-BJP alliance was voted to power again then state’s development would get a major fillip but God forbid if anti-Punjab forces like Congress and Aam Aadmi Party get a chance then the situation would be worst. “People have to be extra cautious as this time it’s a clear battle and they have to choose between foes and friends of state,” added Badal.Reminding the people about the notorious past of Congress, the Chief Minister said that Congress has irrelevantly meddled in the social, political, economic and even religious affairs of the state. He further bemoaned that the Congress governments at the Centre had deliberately denied the state of Punjabi-speaking areas, its capital Chandigarh and even its legitimate share in river waters. “How can any true Punjabi forget and forgive Operation Bluestar and the killing of innocents in 1984 anti-Sikh carnage,” questioned Badal.
Likewise, the Chief Minister said that AAP was nothing more than a band of ‘gossip mongers’, which was good for nothing. He said that the AAP leadership was promising moon to everyone but in reality they have proved that they could not deliver anything. Badal urged the people not to get swayed away by the malicious propaganda of such people, who were anti-Punjab from core of their heart.
In his address, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that there was a massive wave in the support of SAD-BJP alliance. He said that both Congress and AAP would be swept in tsunami of alliance, which was all set to form government in the state for third consecutive term. He said that that the impressive gathering in this congregation was a proof that people were solidly behind the alliance.
Coming down heavily on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the AAP supremo wants to attain power in state just to settle score with Union government. He said that if AAP was voted to power then there would be a direct clash between state and Centre, which would not suit interests of state. Sukhbir said it would be a disastrous situation for state, which has to rely on Union government for several development oriented issues and policies. “Punjab can progress only if SAD-BJP alliance is formed in state which can get maximum benefits for state from BJP-led NDA government at Centre,” he added.
Addressing the gathering Revenue, Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia slammed both Congress and AAP for their anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh mindset. He said that while Congress has tormented the Sikh psyche by attacking our religious shrines, the AAP too was following the footsteps of Congress.
“Punjab can progress only if SAD-BJP alliance forms the government in
the state.”Sukhbir Singh Badal
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