Hailing the landslide victory of SAD-BJP candidate Sukhjit Kaur in the Dasuya assembly byelection, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal today thanked the people of the area for reposing their faith and confidence in the policies and programmes of the alliance government.
In a statement issued here, Badal said the bypoll result was a forceful verdict for good governance and a stamp of approval on the futuristic vision unfolded by the SAD-BJP alliance in the state.
Describing it as a "historic mandate" in the favour of pro-people and development-oriented policies of SAD-BJP government, Badal said the spectacular bypoll result was a triumph of transparent, pro-people and effective governance of alliance over the divisive politics adopted by the Congress party.
He said the bypoll, in which SAD-BJP candidate Sukhjit Kaur Sahi gave a crushing defeat to her nearest rival Arun Dogra of the Congress by a huge margin of 47,431 votes, was a testimony to the fact that now the anti-people face of Congress has been fully exposed before the people.
The chief minister said the SAD-BJP alliance, which was a votary of communal harmony, peace and development, had already created a new record in the state polity by staging comeback to power for second consecutive term in assembly polls adding that now this victory has filled them with even greater humility, responsibility towards the aspirations of the people of the state in general and that of Dasuya assembly segment in particular.
Badal said this result should not be merely interpreted as a victory in a byelection but it actually reflects the resentment amongst the voters against the 'misrule' of the UPA government. He said that fed up of the wrong policies of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre the people of the state were eager to rout it out from power thereby paving a way for the BJP-led NDA, of which SAD was a key ally, to constitute the next government.
Badal thanked all the workers, leaders, office bearers and rank and file of SAD-BJP for working day and night to ensuring this thumping win for the ruling alliance in the by-poll. He also thanked the people for reposing faith in the ethos of democratic values by exercising their franchise freely besides State Election Commission for ensuring a free and fair bypoll, as truly reflected in the results.