Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today said that former MP Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu would meet the same fate as that of former Chief Minister Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala and former Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, who were sent to political oblivion by people for ditching their mother party. Addressing the gathering during Sangat Darshan in Bhadaur assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said bereft of any ideologies both these leaders have back stabbed their mother parties adding that Mr. Sidhu was not an exception to it. He said that though Mr. Sidhu had deceived his party in the hope of ‘bright future’ but people of state would not forgive him and teach him a lesson for treachery because they have a strong disliking for people who deceive their parties. “Opportunists and fugitive political leaders like Sidhu have no place in Punjab politics and people will teach him a befitting lesson”, added Mr Badal.
The Chief Minister said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was proving to be a haven for all the fugitives and unprincipled politicians, who hardly have any base amongst people. He said that infact AAP was a band of opportunists and fugitives who have joined hands for looting the people of state. “These people don’t have any ideological bonding but have joined hands in false hope of assuming power in the state” added Mr. Badal.Making a scathing attack on state Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister said that the Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar has a proven anti-farmer track record. Citing the examples, he said that on one hand SAD-BJP alliance had been providing free power to farmers but on the other during his regime Amarinder had discontinued this thereby putting enormous burden on farmers.
Likewise, Mr Badal said that the state Congress Chief was a part and parcel of the conspiracy to rob waters of state by constructing Satluj Yamuna Link canal. “It is on record that Amarinder had welcomed the then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi to lay foundation stone of this canal”, he added.Highlighting the significance of Sangat Darshans, the Chief Minister said that it was the flagship program of SAD-BJP alliance government aimed at ensuring the well being of every strata of society. He said that this was a pro-people exercise being conducted thoroughly in a transparent manner. However, Badal said that envy of development and welfare of people the Congress leaders have always opposed this move. Meanwhile during Sangat Darshan at Tapa, the Chief Minister announced that the work to complete under construction Tehsil complex and Bus Stand at Tapa Mandi would be completed soon. Likewise, he said that a team headed by Director Local Government and Chief Engineer would soon visit the town for preparing a master plan to give facelift to it.
Later on interacting with the media persons at village Dhilwan, the Chief Minister, while lauding the announcement of Union Cabinet to set up All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda, said that it would prove to be a big boon for residents of Malwa hinterland. Mr. Badal said that it would help in imparting world class health infrastructure and services to the people of this region at affordable rates. He said that by approving AIIMS at Bathinda the Union Cabinet has given a much awaited gift to people of Malwa region.Slamming the entire opposition for defaming the Punjabis by labeling them as drug addicts, the Chief Minister reiterated that magnitude of drug problem was much less than that in many other states of the country. He said that forces inimical to state were hell bent upon branding the Punjabis as drug addicts just to present a wrong picture of the state before the country.
Mr. Badal said that these political parties were just defaming state for the sake of vested political interests whereas the hard working people of state were fighting nation’s war against drug. Earlier welcoming Chief Minister, his former Principal Secretary and senior Akali leader Mr. Darbara Singh Guru thanked him for sparing his valuable time to hold Sangat Darshan in Bhadaur assembly segment to give boost to its overall development. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Cabinet Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, senior Akali leader Mr. Darbara Singh Guru, his Special Principal Secretary Mr. KJS Cheema, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Bhupinder Singh Rai and Senior Superintendent of Police Dr Gurpreet Singh Toor.