Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday described state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa as a 'human bomb' sent by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to "destroy himself along with the entire Punjab Congress by contesting Lok Sabha elections".
Addressing a rally in favour of SAD-BJP candidate Vinod Khanna at Kahnuwan grain market, Sukhbir said that Rahul Gandhi has been forced to join politics by his party.
"Thus he planned to destroy the whole party to get rid of it." Sukhbir further said, "Rahul was never willing to join politics but his mother Sonia Gandhi and other senior party leaders pulled him into politics. Now, he has made a strategy to demolish the party at one go during these Lok Sabha polls by planting some human bombs in every state. Partap Bajwa is one of them".
Badal said that Bajwa had failed to bring even a single development project for the people of the border area from the Congress-led UPA government.
He said that it was a matter of record that being busy in party infighting, Bajwa never tried to convince the UPA government to initiate any project for the betterment of the border area. "Bajwa is now trying to camouflage the injustice meted out by the UPA government to the border belt of Punjab in particular and Punjab in general by giving misleading statements", he added.
Criticising the Congress for the "constant neglect" of border areas of Punjab, Badal said that the NDA government, headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had launched the compensation scheme to compensate the farmers in the border area for the difficulties faced by them in cultivating their land across the wire but this scheme had been discontinued during the UPA rule.
He said that the UPA government did not bother to come to the aid of border area farmers despite repeated requests made by the SAD-BJP government.
"Even during union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's visit to the border area, Bajwa had led a delegation of Congress leaders to create confusion instead of creating pressure to meet the demands of the people of border area," he added.
Referring to the "reluctant" Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections, Badal said that most of the young leaders from the Congress party have either run away from the battlefield or changed their constituencies. "The reluctant senior leaders who were forced to contest are just like antique cannons of the British period, which could be used for decoration but not to defend the castle," He added.
Making an appeal to voters in the state, Badal said that Punjab would receive maximum benefits once NDA is voted power at the Centre.
He said that there are strong ties between NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley would also get a key ministry in the NDA government.
He further said that Vinod Khanna had also done his best for the constituency during the NDA rule.
"All these four leaders would multiply the pace of development of Punjab and border area by four times, which suffered a lot due to the anti-Punjab policies of the Congress," he added.
Addressing the gathering, Vinod Khanna described the Gurdaspur constituency as his "fifth kin". He said that he had tried his best for the development of the area and the constituency would witness a sea change within two years if NDA comes to power.
CONG INFIGHTING BENEFICIAL FOR SAD-BJP
Addressing a rally in Batala, Sukhbir said the infighting in the state congress unit would prove highly beneficial for SAD-BJP combine.
Both Bajwa and former chief minister Captian Amarinder Singh are more keen to settle personal scores against than concentrating on their election campaigns, he added.
Bajwa, who projects himself as the biggest well wisher of the people of Punjab, is a big liar and always acts as a biggest hurdle in the development of the state.
"Whenever Badal Sahib approached the Centre with some new proposals for the development of the state, Bajwa always acts as hurdle, asking his party nhigh command to reject all those proposals", he added.