Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Patron Parkash Singh Badal today told the senior Akali rank and file to be ready to contest the forthcoming elections on the development plank and asked them to lead a positive campaign focussing on the work done by the SAD-BJP government during the last about ten years.
Addressing senior leaders including mps, ministers, legislators, district presidents and other key functionaries, Badal asked the party rank and file not to be distracted by opposition parties who were hell bent upon making false promises with the sole purpose of deceiving the people.
The Akali patriarch said never earlier had so much been achieved in such a short span of time. He said be it fulfilment of major promises, social welfare schemes, development projects or even construction of yaadgaari monuments, the SAD-BJP government had delivered in every aspect of governance. He made a special mention of the heritage works including the heritage street, partition museum and interpretation centre which have come up at Amritsar, saying they had put Amritsar on the world map.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal urged the leadership to expose the false promises being made by the Congress as well as Aam Aadmi Party. He said the Congress was again trying to befool the people in the same manner in which former party leader Giani Zail Singh had promised to give 5 acres of land each to the poor. “The people did not get even one inch of land”. He said in stark contrast the SAD-BJP government was focussing on houses for the houseless by allocating five marlas of land for this purpose.
He said Debt Tribunals were being established in all districts to ensure all loans taken by farmers were settled at the earliest. He said steps were also being taken to ensure farmers did not have to pay any interest on cooperative loans. “We have done the most for the farmers and are proud of it”, he said while asking the party cadre to ask why the last Congress government had withdrawn the free tubewell facility granted to farmers by the previous SAD-BJP government. He said AAP on the other hand was party of fly by night operators who were outsiders who did not know anything about Punjab and its people. “Moreover AAP’s own track record in Delhi where they have failed to implement any of their poll promises speaks for itself”, he added.
Earlier at the start of the meeting the entire leadership observed a two minute silence to mourn the passing away of Charanjit Singh, son of cabinet minister Sikander Singh Maluka.
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