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Glass of Gujarati cow milk, mantra of Punjab CM Badal's fitness

PTI  Pathankot, June 23, 2013
First Published: 21:45 IST(23/6/2013) | Last Updated: 21:48 IST(23/6/2013)

The secret of 85-year-old five-time Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's good health - drink milk of Gujarat cows every day.


"I drink milk of Gujarati cows every day to remain in good health," Badal said at BJP's 'Sankalp Rally' attended by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi at Madhopur here today.

"I can never repay you for this debt," he said in a lighter vein in an obvious reference to Modi who was recently anointed BJP poll campaign committee chief.

In an apparent reference to JD(U)'s exit from NDA in the wake of Modi's elevation, he said that SAD's alliance with BJP was even "more sacred".

"Our alliance with the BJP is even more sacred. Nobody even considers it necessary to ask us to comment on how the alliance is going.

"It is not just an alliance, it is an unbreakable emotional and social bond," Badal said.

Attacking the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, he said the country wanted to know who was leading it.

"At the moment there is no clear answer about who was really the boss in the government at Delhi," the SAD patriarch said.

Assuring Modi of whole-hearted support, Badal asked him to "leave Gujarat and move to Delhi (to assume bigger role) to answer the prayers of millions and millions of countrymen."  He said "Gujarat loves you and even if you don?t go there for a while, they will still carry on with your agenda. I will go and request them to spare you for national duty in the larger interest of the country."  

Badal said "the days of the UPA government are numbered and its fall is imminent due to rampant corruption and skyrocketing prices of essential commodities."

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