Advising the former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to refrain from issuing baseless statements, the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that the Congress MP should not forget that he was bestowed upon the responsibility of serving the state by the people and only the electorate had the power of removing him
Interacting with the mediapersons after laying down the foundation stone of a project for covering and beautifying an open drain here today, the chief minister said it was the people of Punjab who had elected him as the CM of the state for the record fifth term, adding that he was serving the state as per the wishes of party and the public.
Badal said throughout his political career he had been a votary of morality and had never stooped so low by issuing undesirable and unwarranted statements. “My friend Captain Amarinder must understand that democracy is based on the verdict of people and not by whims and fancies of any individual” he added.
When asked to comment on the botched eye surgeries in Ghuman village of the district, the chief minister said he had already ordered a high-level probe to inquire into the matter and no one whosoever affluent he was would not be spared at any cost. Badal said every culprit of this heinous crime would be brought to book as per the law of the land.
Replying to another query, the CM said there was no dearth of funds to eradicate the curse of drugs from the state and the state government was making all out efforts in this direction by setting up drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centers for the addicts.
Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to make Punjab a drug free state, he solicited fulsome support and cooperation of the public in this noble cause. Badal also said the only solution for checking this menace was to totally cut down the supply line of drugs both from within the country and from abroad for which they were regularly taking up this issue with the Union government.
Later on addressing a public gathering, the CM said the project to cover and beautify the open drain would prove to be a boon for the residents of this town. He said this project conceived at a cost of Rs 25 crore would solve one of the major problems of the city. Badal said the state government would take every step for developing this historic town of immense significance.
The CM further said the state government has been according top priority to the education and health sector in the state. He said massive programme for the infrastructure development in the government schools have been initiated by the state government. Likewise, Badal said concerted efforts were being made to supply potable drinking water to the residents across the state.
Making a scathing attack on the Congress party for excessive centralisation of powers, the CM said the successive Congress governments at the Centre had encroached upon the rights of the states which led to regional imbalance in the country. He said though the states were responsible to people for every work but they had little power. So, Badal said that the only solution to this was implementation of Federal Structure in the country. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of calling a meeting of Chief Minister’s in national capital was a right step in this direction” he added.
The chief minister said Congress was a spent force in the country and it hardly had any future in the political scenario of the country as well as state. Quipping at state Congress leadership, he said that it was a divided house which would soon fall like a ‘House of cards’. Badal exhorted the people to not get swayed away by the misleading propaganda of the Congress leaders.
The chief minister was accompanied by former minister Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, former MLA Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal, Youth Akali leader Jagroop Singh Sekhwan, his special principal secretary Ajoy Kumar Sharma and deputy commissioner Dr Abhinav Trikha.