Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today said that on 30th April EVMs would work as chopping machines to cut ‘Congress Grass’ from the roots as he had witnessed a strong resentment in the people of Punjab against Congress led UPA government while campaigning for the SAD-BJP candidates. Addressing the impressive gathering here in favour of SAD-BJP candidate from Anandpur Sahib Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Mr. Badal said that people of Punjab were all set to teach an historic lesson to Punjab Congress for playing with their sentiments by blaming state government for the misdeeds of its party led UPA government. He said that Congress party through its negative campaign has done its best to camouflage its misdeeds by holding SAD-BJP government responsible for the issue like costlier sand-gravel and property tax but people of the state were well aware of the fact that these were the outcomes of anti-people policies of Congress led UPA government.
Lashing at Congress party for misleading people of Punjab, Mr. Badal said that it was than Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh who signed the decision of levying property tax at the instance of Congress led UPA government. He said that Punjab government had been resisting the union government’s pressure to impose property tax but the Congress-led UPA government withheld grants sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). He said that instead of supporting Punjab government in safeguarding interests of Punjabis leadership from Punjab Congress has forced its party led Centre government to withhold Rs 2000 crore under various JNNURM projects till property tax had been imposed in Punjab.Opening a frontal attack on the Congress led UPA government for creating artificial crises of shortage of sand and gravel by issuing wrong EIA (environment impact assessment) notification 2006, Mr. Badal said that UPA amended this policy partially only when SAD-BJP government forced it to do so by passing a resolution in the Punjab Assembly. He said that Punjab Congress could not make fool of people of Punjab through misleading campaign and asked PPCC leaders that why they did not approach their high command seeking revocation of the tax imposed and relaxation in norms of sand minning.
Badal said that he has discussed these issues with NDA’s prime ministerial candidate Mr. Narinder Modi who has promised that NDA would immediately roll back all the anti-people and anti-Punjab decisions of Congress led UPA government.Addressing the gathering, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra appealed to reject the misleading campaign of Congress party and vote for Shiromani Akali Dal as their votes would form a strong NDA government at the centre. He appealed for his record victory to enable him to strongly put the issues and problems of the area in front of NDA government. He promised that once he has been elected as member parliament people of the constituency would feel proud of their decision as he would turn every stone to bring a number of projects from centre for the area.Prominent amongst others, Mr. Ujagar Singh Wadali, district President SAD Mohali, former minister Ms. Satwant Kaur Sandhu and Ms. Paramjit Kaur Wadali also addressed the gathering.