Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday launched a whirlwind election campaign in Kalanwali segment in Sirsa district to give a boost to the INLD-SAD’s “60-plus” (assembly seats) poll target. Balkaur Singh Kalanwali is the Sad’s alliance candidate with INLD here. The Akali Dal is contesting the Ambala City seat as well.
In the first leg of the campaign, Sukhbir used a customised van to crisscross more than a dozen villages, including Panhari, Farmahi Kalan, Nejadela Kala, Vaidwala, Sikanderpur, Moriwala, Narelkera, Bhavdeen, Sangar Sada, Baruwali and Bharokha of Sirsa district.
Addressing gatherings, he recalled the initiatives taken by the INLD for the development of Haryana. He appealed to the voters to draw a comparison between the governments of the INLD and the Hooda-led regime.
He said the Hooda government was “busy in political vendetta and development of Rohtak constituency alone” during the last 10 years. “Congress government of Haryana framed false charges against INLD chief Om Parkash Chautala and that too for providing employment to youth. Is it wrong to provide government jobs to unemployed youth of the state?” he asked.
Recalling the alleged vendetta adopted by the erstwhile Congress government of Punjab against his family, he said all the cases against the family had been dismissed and “people of Punjab bestowed faith in Parkash Singh Badal twice in a row”: “Similarly, the people of Haryana will also vote for their beloved leader Om Parkash Chautala to put a stop to the conspiracies planned against him by the Congress.”
Later, he headed a meeting of zone incharges at Sirsa to discuss the campaign strategy. He is to address at least 24 rallies at Panchkula, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Ambala City, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad, Rohtak and Fatehabad till October 13.
However, he avoided talking about the BJP, with which the SAD has a ruling alliance in Punjab but a direct electoral contest in Haryana.