Muktsar (Lambi): Terming the newly constituted ‘Awaz -e-Punjab’ front as a pack of ‘disgruntled and opportunist political leaders’ without any ideological commitment, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said that rather than being another front in political arena this would hardly have any impact on state polity.
Addressing a gathering at Sangat Darshan programme in Lambi assembly segment, the chief minister claimed, on record the AAP government in Delhi “had not fulfilled even a single promise” it made to the people during polls.
Badal said the Delhi government headed by Arvind Kejriwal has done “nothing for weaker and underprivileged sections” of society. But the SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab has taken several pro-poor initiatives like Atta-Dal, pension, shagun, Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojana, Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme and others to safeguard interests of the poor.
Coming down heavily on AAP MP Bhagwant Mann for equating beneficiaries of the Atta-Dal Scheme with beggars, he said this reflected the parochial mindset of the AAP leadership. It is every state government’s bounden duty to take care of the underprivileged sections of society, he said, adding the SAD-BJP government was working towards welfare of masses.
The AAP leadership, however, lacked such sympathetic approach towards people and were vying for political power to enjoy its fruits rather than serving the people, he alleged.
Citing the example of Delhi Minister Sandeep Kumar, who was removed by AAP recently following a CD controversy, he said the incident has “exposed the real face” of AAP, which claims to be a party with high morals. Badal demanded a criminal case against the sacked AAP minister and strict punishment for his misconduct.
Assailing the Congress for its “anti-Punjab” stance, the chief minister said, the people fo Punjab would never forgive this party for “hatching a conspiracy” to rob the state of its water by planning and executing construction of the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
Badal said every Congressman from Punjab owes responsibility for meting out this grave injustice. “It is unfortunate that when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had came to lay the foundation for SYL, Captain Amarinder Singh had enthusiastically welcomed it,” he added. Badal said even AAP was following the Congress’ footprints by adopting an anti-Punjab stance.
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