Ludhiana: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday castigated the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in strongest terms and said that this anti-people and anti-Punjab party is hand in glove with the extremist elements and its MLA Jarnail Singh, co-convener of Punjab unit, even tacitly backed the demands of separatist forces on the foreign soil.
“Not only this, but AAP is also hobnobbing with the radicals since the time of Sarbat Khalsa last year and has even arrived at an understanding with them to wrest control of SGPC and meddle in the religious affairs of Sikhs,” he added. He also said that if any AAP leader or their supporter submits in writing to the state government for alleged bribery in ticket distribution then the state government could probe such allegations after investigating its veracity. Badal took a dig at AAP and said that all the rowdy elements out to make money have been given prominence in the party which resembles like a bunch of rag-tag leaders.
Meanwhile on the sidelines of an impressive gathering of the trading community of the city, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government has fulfilled all its commitments including surplus power, excellent road network, air connectivity and relief to the industry.
He also said that after independence, it is only the SAD-BJP government which has made Punjab power surplus. Announcing measures for the development of Ludhiana, he announced to exempt the industrial connections from condition of NOC and further said that in a span of one and a half years a 6-lane Ludhiana-Chandigarh expressway, whose foundation stone would be laid by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari next month, and Ropar-Jalandhar-Phagwara expressway would be a reality soon accruing a total cost of Rs 2,500 crore.
Furthermore, an elevated road would be constructed from Ferozepur road for linking with Chandigarh road at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore. He also said that in next 5 years, more than Rs 3,000 crore would be spent on giving facelift and beautification along with sprucing up of infrastructure in Ludhiana. He also divulged that a cycle valley is being established in an area of 400 acres which would manufacture high end electric cycles and the applications are being invited from industrial houses to set up their units.
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