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Manpreet wishes for 'Akali-free' Punjab in 2015

chandigarh Updated: Dec 31, 2014 17:32 IST
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People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Wednesday wished deliverance of the state from the Akali rule in the new year to make the state free from the drug menace.

He said the Akali Dal had become panicky as its alliance partner launched major campaign against drugs in the state.

He said drugs and Akalis had virtually become synonymous in the state as the drug smuggling could not proliferate without patronage from the rulers. The situation had worsened during the last few years in the state with the drug menace having taken the form of an epidemic.

“SAD president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal suddenly announced the decision to stage protests at four places in the border areas which were essentially against the Border Security Force. The party backtracked later fearing backlash. Here is the party that had come into power on the development slogan but has now gone back to the Panthic agenda. Not that anything is wrong with that agenda, it is the sincerity of the Akali Dal which is under question”, he said.

Cautioning people, Manpreet said, "The state government had only failure to its credit during its more than seven and a half year rule. All policy matters had been dictated by CM Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir and they should have the courage to own their failure."

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an advocate of good governance but the Punjab government in which the BJP was the junior partner was characterised by not only non-governance but also corruption. The major issue that had now come to haunt the Punjabis was the menace of drugs and it was for this reason that the people were waiting to throw out this government.

He reiterated that the state was heading towards early elections and Punjab would be free from the Akali misrule in the new year.