Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday termed Congress and Aam Aadmi Party as “anti-poor” and alleged that if voted to power, these parties will “discontinue” several pro-people schemes and subsidies. The SAD-BJP government has taken a number of pro-people initiatives like Atta-Dal, Pension, Shagun, Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme, Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna, he said. Besides, the state government is also giving free electricity to farmers and weaker sections of the society, the Chief Minister said during ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme in Lambi Assembly segment.
Badal alleged that both Congress and AAP have a proven a track record of being “anti-poor and anti-Punjabi”.“God forbid, if in any case, these parties are voted to power, they will discontinue all these schemes thus leaving the beneficiaries in the lurch,” he claimed.“During his stint as Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh had discontinued free power to people and welfare schemes were a distant dream.
Alleging the AAP leaders in Punjab are “insulting” the beneficiaries of pro-poor schemes by terming them as “beggars”, he claimed, “They are virtually good for nothing and the future of people, especially those from the poor strata of the society, can never be safe in their hands.” Interacting with mediapersons at Channu village Chief Minister alleged state Congress chief is lying on Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue to mislead people.”Everyone is aware that the plan to construct SYL canal was conceived and executed by then Congress government in state, and foundation of this sorrow of Punjab was laid by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,” Badal said.
On new front formed by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu along with fPargat Singh mong others he said people with no administrative experience, contribution and sympathy towards Punjab are forming such groups, which would hardly have any impact on the state’s polity.
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