Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday welcomed the Election Commission's announcement of poll schedule, saying the ruling SAD-BJP alliance will register the "biggest victory" of his political career.
In a statement issued here shortly after the announcement of elections, Badal said, "Everything has gone as we wished. I am really happy and thrilled as if this is my first election. The political atmosphere in the state today indicates that this will be the biggest victory of my career for the SAD and the BJP".
Polling for the 117 assembly seats will take place on January 30.
Badal said the SAD-BJP alliance is set to go past its figure of the 1997 assembly elections when the two parties had won 67 seats.
"We are set to go past even the 1997 figure. We have ensured unprecedented development in the past five years and everyone can see it. We have left the Congress with nothing to talk about," he said.
Badal said the SAD-BJP alliance is poised for a massive landslide victory.
"The negative Congress campaign of mudslinging will backfire on them. People want to know what their leaders have done for them and what they will do in future. There is no place for gutter propaganda which the Congress was hoping to rely on," he said.
The youth and the educated classes will play a crucial role in this election, Badal said.