2017 polls battle between pro, anti-Punjab forces: Badal

  • Surjit Singh, Hindustan Times, Baba Bakala (Amritsar)
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 12:40 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal addressing a rally during Rakhar Punia Da Mela at Baba Bakala near Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said 2017 polls would be a direct fight between pro and anti-Punjab forces.

Addressing a gathering at Rakhar Punia Da Mela here on Thursday Badal said: “If the SAD-BJP alliance is voted to power again, it will give a fillip to state’s development, but if anti-Punjab forces such as the Congress and the Aam Aadmi party get a chance, it will be suicidal for Punjab.”

Accusing the Congress for adopting anti-Sikh stand, Badal said it was the same party behind the 1984 riots and the Operation Bluestar.

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Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party , the CM said: “The AAP was nothing more than a band of gossip mongers. People should not to get swayed by the malicious propaganda of such people, who were anti-Punjab from core of their heart.”

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Coming down heavily on AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said he wanted to attain power in the state just to settle score with the Union government. “If AAP was voted to power, there will be a direct clash between state and the Centre, which will be disastrous for Punjab,” he said.

Attacking state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh , the deputy CM said he had done nothing for the state and it was on record that even MLAs of his party could not list even single achievement of his tenure during state assembly session.

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Meanwhile, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia alleged that both the Congress and the AAP were “anti-Punjab” and “anti-Sikh”.

Cautioning the people to be beware of the AAP, he said Kejriwal was a conman who was habitual of duping people by showing them green pastures.

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