Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi canvassing for the Congress candidates in Punjab could not save the party's sinking ship.
Addressing three rallies in Khanna, Fatehgarh Sahib and Khamano, while canvassing for SAD-BJP candidate for the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency Kulwant Singh, Badal said the decision of the Congress duo to campaign in the state would not help the Congress to revive its dwindling electoral fortunes and the party was bound to the most humiliating defeat ever.
He said the decision of the Congress not to announce Rahul Gandhi's name as its prime ministerial candidate was an effort to save his political career, as he had failed miserably to run the campaign.
He said predictions and surveys had already made it clear that the NDA was all set to form the next government under Narendra Modi with a thumping majority.
Blaming the Congress-led central government for discriminating with Punjab, Badal said the state had faced discrimination in every field, whether it was agriculture, religion, economic or in any other form.
He said the Congress had flatly refused to waive of the loan over the state, which was finally waived by "the son of the soil Inder Kumar Gujral" when he became Prime Minister.
Badal said it was high time for the people of the state to think about the welfare of the state and vote for the SAD-BJP combine, as the state would get the maximum benefit once the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) comes to power.
"The people have a choice of either choosing the Congress, which is responsible for all the ills being faced by the country; or the SAD-BJP combine, which is symbol of communal harmony and has done a lot for the poor, farmers, employees and every section of the society," said Badal.