Slamming the state Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh for misleading the people on debt waiver issue, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today said the announcement by Lok Sabha MP was nothing more than a ‘bundle of lies’.Addressing the gathering during Sangat Darshan program in Amargarh assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said that the state Congress leadership was lying on the debt waiver issue as it was not in the preview of the state government. He said that the entire state was aware about the anti - farmer stance of Lok Sabha MP adding that that during his tenure as Chief Minister, Captain had imposed power tariff on the farmers which was waived off during SAD-BJP alliance government. Likewise, Mr. Badal said that the former Chief Minister was heading the same party which was solely responsible for the plight of farmers of the state.
The Chief Minister said that due to regressive policies of the successive Congress governments at the Centre, the agriculture was no longer a profitable venture. He said that the farmers were facing an acute agrarian crisis due to ever escalating farm inputs coupled with non remunerative Minimum Support Price (MSP). Mr. Badal said that the net result of these policies of Congress government was that the hard working and resilient farmer of the state was today reeling under whopping debt. Describing the Aam Aadmi Party leadership as rumour mongers, the Chief Minister said that they were good for nothing as they were not aware of even basic topography of the state. He said that it was a well known fact that AAP government in Delhi has ditched the people by not fulfilling even a single promise made to them. Mr. Badal said that the acts like pasting of their election symbol on their party manifesto along with picture of Darbar Sahib, equating manifesto with sacred texts and others have proved that these people have scant respect for our religious feelings adding that such acts were inhuman and against the mankind.
Coming down heavily on fourth front led by Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Chief Minister said that it was a bunch of fugitives and opportunists who have joined their hands to satiate their lust for power. He said that these leaders were bereft of any ideological commitment and were not sincere to the state and its people. Mr. Badal reiterated that those people who were not loyal to their parties could never be sincere with the state.Highlighting the significance of Sangat Darshan program, the Chief Minister said that it had virtually brought the government at the doorsteps of the people. He said that this program was beneficial not only in redressing the problems of people but also judging the performance of officers/ officials. Mr. Badal also listed pro-people initiatives like Atta-Dal, Shagun, Pension and others being taken by the state government.Later on Interacting with the media persons, the Chief Minister said that the SAD-BJP alliance government believed in actions whereas both the Congress and AAP were trying to mislead the people through hollow and false slogans. He said that the work of state government was in front of everybody whereas the Congress and AAP were just selling dreams. Mr. Badal hoped that people would support the alliance government for unprecedented development works in the state. Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that the announcement of candidates and manifesto of Shiromani Akali Dal would be made at an appropriate time.The Chief Minister was accompanied by MLAs Mr. Iqbal Singh Jhunda and Bibi Farzana Aalam, his Joint Special Principal Secretary Mr. Kumar Amit, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Arshdeep Singh Thind, Deputy Inspector General of Police Mr. BS Sidhu and Senior Superintendent of Police Mr. PPS Thind.