Gurdas Badal, chief minister’s elder brother and father of Congress leader Manpreet Badal, cast his vote at about 9:15am. Manpreet and his son Arjun were among the first ones to cast their vote at about 8:15am at the same polling station, before they left for Bathinda, from where the former is a candidate.
“Congress will form the government as the Akali Dal has deprived the people of their rights. The halqa in-charges had all the powers and they enjoyed all the benefits during the Akali rule,” he said.
Manpreet said the Congress was the safest bet to rid Punjab of its ills. “People of Punjab have put their hopes on the Congress and Captain Amarinder Singh. The Congress will surely come to power with a thumping majority to end the Akali tyranny,” he said.