Legendary Indian athlete and Padma Shri awardee Milkha Singh on Sunday emphasised the need to change the political system of the country.
Milkha, who was in Jalandhar to attend the CT Half Marathon here, said India was in a dire need of having a strong leader with the capacity to take bold decisions.
"The country is undergoing a political crisis. The focus of every leader is to tarnish the image of their opponent and save chair. It is high time to change this system now. Someone must be there at the top to usher in change to come out the traditional way of governing. We need strong leaders to lead now," said Milkha, when asked about his views in wake of the coming Lok Sabha polls.
He said India needs a Prime Minister who respects the country and has a vision for its development.
"It is up to the people to decide— whether they like Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal," he said.
He also criticised all the political parties over the lack of infrastructure for sports in the country.
"Our government has made significant budget allocation for sportspersons, but they do not bother about the results of these schemes.
The government fails to check whether these funds for sports are spent on the right purpose or not," he averred.
The Flying Sikh flagged off the CT Half Marathon along with Punjabi singer Kamal Heer and music composer Sachin Ahuja at around 6.30 am. People from all walks of life, including athletes, professionals, students and industrialists, participated in the event.
This half marathon started from CT Group of Institutions, Shahpur, and covered about 21 kilometres before it concluded at CT Group of Institutions in Maqsudan.
The winners were awarded with cash prizes of Rs 21000, Rs 11000 and Rs 5100 for both male and female participants, for the first, second and third positions respectively.
Rashpal Singh bagged the first prize in the male category while Jatinder Singh and Vinod Kumar stood second and third, respectively. In women category, Harpreet Kaur ranked first while Rajbir Kaur and Ranjana secured second and third positions, respectively.