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Leaderspeak at Jagraon

chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2014 00:51 IST
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At the 'Fateh rally', Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was in his element. Beginning his speech with the traditional Sikh greeting 'Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh', he chided the crowd for not responding enthusiastically. " "Pata nahi ki riwaj ho gaya , tussi hun jaikare da jawab vi nahi dinde. Inni zor di Jaikara lagao ki Dilli wich baitha Rahul Gandhi behosh ho jaye," he said.

Terming himself as a political astrologer, Badal said that from the political mood in the country, he knew that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi stood no chance in the Lok Sabha polls.

Badal didn't forget to put his wish-list to prime ministerial candidate Modi . "Like other countrymen , we, the people of Punjab, have high hopes from you. First, we would like you to implement the Federal System of government after becoming the PM".

Clarifying his party's stand on Special Investigation Team ( SIT ) recommended by the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh violence, Badal said the Shiromani Akali Dal was not against SIT but it didn't favour such a probe under the Congress-led UPA government.

Rajnath Singh
Visibly pleased by the impressive turn-out at the rally, BJP president Rajnath Singh said it was not a " jan samaroh but a jan samudra". And, he lavishly praised both Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal. He called senior Badal a well-wisher of farmers and Sukhbir "the heartbeat of Indian youth".

Stating that Badal was the first person to propose Modi's name as prime ministerial candidate, the BJP chief reeled out a raft of promises for farmers, including a separate agriculture budget, special insurance policy,and a television channel - in case the NDA returns to power.

Sukhbir Singh Badal:.
Promising to win all 13 Lok Sabha seats of Punjab for Narendra Modi, deputy chief minister- and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said that today's rally would change the course of national politics. "A similar SAD-BJP rally here in 2011 had sounded the death knell for the Congress in Punjab" he said, referring to the combine's second coming to power in the last Assembly elections.

Terming the SAD-BJP ties as ' nahu-mass ka rishta", Sukhbir blasted the UPA Government for all the ills plaguing the country, from inflation to corruption and slump in real estate market. And, he didn't forget to rake up the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage. "Instead of siding with victims, the Congress has stood by the culprits. But we are hopeful that you will give a definite solution to all these problems" he said addressing Modi who himself is facing the taint of the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim violence.