Chiding the Congress, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Saturday that its manifesto released recently contained only old promises that the party had never kept.
Badal was here to address a rally at Koom Kalan in favor of Kulwant Singh, candidate of the Shiromain Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance for the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha seat. “The promises the Congress has made in the manifesto are the same it has been making in every manifesto since 1950,” said the CM.
“Who had stood in the way of fulfilling these promises or removing poverty?” asked Badal, predicting that the Congress would be wiped out in the Lok Sabha elections on account of bad performance over the past 10 years that had increased the percentage of poor people to 63 in the population.
“The Congress in Punjab is a bubble that will burst on April 30 when the state goes to polls,” he said, claiming that no Congress leader was willing to contest the elections in the state for the fear of losing by a big margin. “The Congress has forced its leaders to contest,” Badal further said.
Claiming this election to be a referendum for change, he said the unsolved issues of price rise, unemployment, internal and external security, economy, health, and infrastructure.