Mohali: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday appealed to the people to thwart the ‘nefarious designs of anti-social elements,’ which he said were bent upon to ‘jeopardise peace, communal harmony and brotherhood.’
Addressing a gathering at Sports Stadium in Government College here after unfurling the National Flag during a state-level function on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Badal said a few ‘inimical forces’ were always envious of peaceful and development-oriented congenial atmosphere in the state and thus constantly ‘stoking fire’ to derail the process of growth and prosperity.
“Let us re-dedicate ourselves to work collectively to build a strong and prosperous Punjab besides cementing the bond of love, peace and communal harmony, thus fulfilling the vision of our great freedom fighters and national heroes,” he said.
The Chief Minister said it was matter of sheer pride and honour that despite the fact that we were just 2.5 per cent of country’s entire population, we have made more than 80 per cent sacrifices in getting our motherland free from the yoke of British imperialism.“Our brave Punjabi patriots and great warriors, who spearheaded various movements like Babbar Akali, Gadar, Namdhari and Kamagata Maru during the independence struggle were either exiled or executed.
Several national heroes who laid down their lives like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Lala Lajpat Rai, Shaheed Udham Singh and Kartar Singh Sarabha would ever be remembered for their supreme sacrifices till eternity and act as a beacon to kindle the spirit of patriotism and nationalism amongst our future generations to come,” he said.
Amritsar: Punjab is just two-and-a-half per cent of the country’s size but the state has been a major contributor to the granary hence earning the sobriquet ‘food bowl’ of the nation, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Monday.
Punjabis especially the Sikhs were always in the forefront of freedom movement and suffered untold hardships in the form of life imprisonments and hangings, Sukhbir said this while presiding over the Independence Day function at Guru Nanak stadium here.
After freedom also, the Punjabis continued to do their best for making the country and state move forward in social, economical and political sphere, he said. Listing out the achievements of the SAD-BJP government during the past nine years, Sukhbir said coalition has acted as the real benefactor of all the sections and fulfilled its promise of making Punjab a power surplus state.
Kapurthala: Claiming to be proud to be Punjabi as 80 per cent contribution in the freedom struggle of the country was made by the Punjabis, Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar unfurled the tricolour and took salute from a march past being headed DSP (Subdivision), Kapurthala Daljit Singh Dhillon on the eve of 70th Independence day at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium, Kapurthala on Monday. On the occasion, students from different schools presented PT show beside a variety of cultural programs to mark this day a colourful one.
Kohar also honoured a freedom fighter Prem Sagar from Phagwara and kin of martyr SP Baljit Singh with mementoes and shawls for their outstanding contribution in Indian freedom struggle, besides this tricycles, wheelchairs and sewing machines were distributed to the needy and deserving people, which was sponsored by the Indian Red Cross Society.
Jalandhar: State Minister for Forest and Wildlife and Labour Chuni Lal Bhagat called for social and economic equality in the society to realise the dreams of the freedom fighters, who ensured freedom of the nation from the clutches of the British on August 15, 1947. The cabinet minister also saluted the valiant soldiers who were guarding the nation in hostile terrains. He made a reference of Pathankot Air Base attack and said that the Punjab Police and the security forces played a crucial role by laying down their lives for the sake of the nation. Addressing the gathering on the occasion of 70th Independence Day at the local Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Bhagat said that especially Punjabis have always remained at the forefront in guarding its borders in different wars.
Patiala: Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia exhorted the youth to come forward and contribute in building the nation and development according to their might and also to wage a war against the social evils like dowry, female foeticide and atrocities against women. He made such an appeal while while delivering his address after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day celebrations at the YPS stadium here on Monday. Majithia said that the nation is now heavily depending over it’s youth brigade so the youth must come forward to deliver the end results. He said that young blood has a potential to bring change at all levels and so it must contribute according to it’s potential. Besides he also added that the state government has decided to encourage the solar energy in the state and already it has been brought to 1,000 megawatt from a petty nine megawatt in the state. He said that now the state government has decided to spend a sum of Rs 100 crore over it and under it, now 1,500 villages of the state are going to get 50,000 new solar
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