Aazampur: Ruling out any possibility of advancing assembly polls-2017 in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal emphatically said that the state would go to polls on the stipulated time schedule. Talking to the media persons on the sidelines of his Sangat Darshan programme in the Nurpur Bedi block of Ropar Assembly segment, CM Badal said that there was no question to pre-pone these elections and would be held on its due date. Asked to comment on the likelihood of triangular contest in the state assembly polls, Badal replied that the opposition should never be taken lightly, however, it was immaterial for both SAD-BJP to think upon the nature of the contest.
On the issue of handing over the inquiry into the case of Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Chief Minister said that there was no point to refer this case to the CBI as the state government had already entrusted the aforesaid inquiry to the Police department for thorough investigation. On the issue of illegal mining of small minerals in Nurpur Bedi block and Sri Anandpur Sahib Sub-division, the Chief Minister categorically said that the state government had already issued strict instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners and SSPs across the state to curb this unhealthy practice and ensure their strict compliance.
Replying to another query about any possible adverse decision against Punjab in the case of river waters already pending in the Apex court, the Chief Minister said that he has already clarified his stand not once but several times . Earlier, he addressed a gathering of 68 Panchayats from Nurpur Bedi block in Ropar Assembly segment. Badal asked the officers of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Punjab State Tubewell Corporation and Department of Water Supply and Sanitation to visit the villages in the region during the next fortnight to assess the ground realities and take necessary steps to ensure regular supply of electricity, installation of deep tubewells for irrigation and supply clean and potable drinking water besides allowing provision of toilets in their households.
He also approved a plan of Rs15 crore to provide safe drinking water and the facility of toilets to the inhabitants of these villages in Nurpur Bedi block. He disbursed cheques worth Rs 2.11 crore to 68 Panchayats as development grants . Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included; Education Minister and MLA Ropar Daljit Singh Cheema, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Commissioner Ropar Division S Karuna Raju, Deputy Commissioner Karnesh Sharma, DIG Ropar Division K S Sandhu, SSP Varinderpal Singh, Daljit Singh Cheema.
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