June 29, 2016 10:04:34 pm
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said a “pro-people” exercise like Sangat Darshan was not every chief minister’s “cup of tea”, branding AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and state Congress chief Amarinder Singh as “complete misfits” for such programmes.
Addressing public gatherings in Mohale, Vehra, Bhiddi Aulakh Khurd and other villages during his Sangat Darshan programme in Rajasansi Assembly segment here, he said, neither Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal nor former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder had “bothered about public welfare” when they were voted to power.
He claimed there was no chief minister in the country who visited every village in the state in scorching heat or spine-chilling cold, adding he undertakes this exercise to ensure well being of every strata of the society.
Badal said Kejriwal too had tried his luck in conducting his Janta Darbar events in Delhi on the lines of Sangat Darshan. However, it proved to be a “total disaster” as the Delhi Chief Minister was not able to undertake the exercise even for a single day, he claimed.
“Ultimately, Kejriwal ran away from his words and never conducted the exercise,” he added.
Badal also hit out at Amarinder claiming he had “never bothered” to meet the people during his tenure as chief minister, adding that now, “in the false hope” of becoming chief minister again after the 2017 Assembly polls, he has announced to hold ‘darbars’ in every constituency.
He alleged that in these “imperial darbars”, Amarinder only indulges in “self glorification and bashing of political rivals” without even thinking about public welfare.
He termed it a “futile exercise” as the senior Congress leader “neither has the will nor interest” to undertake public welfare activities.
“Captain (Amarinder) is a king who wants to attain power for enjoying rather than serving the people,” said Badal, asking the people if they have seen Amritsar MP Amarinder after the 2014 general elections.
He said it was a “habit” of Amarinder to go into a “hibernation” after assuming power, adding that voters of Amritsar were repenting the decision to elect Amarinder as he never returned back to his constituency.
Describing the residents of border districts as “true patriots”, Badal said these “brave sons of soil” had suffered a lot at the time of partition.
Had the division of the country not taken place, this region would have been the most prosperous part of the country, he said, adding that due to partition, these areas have lagged behind and the state government’s special focus has been on the development of the region.
Urging the Centre to help the residents of border areas of Punjab by announcing a special package for them, Badal said it would be the best way to recognise their immense contribution to the nation.
He said he had been raising the issue continuously with the Centre and hoped that the NDA government would pay due consideration to this long-pending demands of Punjabis.
At Bhiddi Aulakh Khurd village, he slammed the AAP leadership for issuing statements that the party would review the power subsidy given to farmers if voted to power in the state.
Badal said the Rs-5,000 crore annual power subsidy to farmers was a “humble tribute” by the state government for the immense contribution of food-growers who played a key role in making the country self-reliant in food production, adding that its withdrawal would mean an additional burden on the farmers who were already facing a huge debt.
He said the reported statement of the AAP leadership has exposed its “anti-farmer and anti-people” stance.
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