Terming former state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh and current state party chief Partap Singh Bajwa as two sides of the same coin, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said both leaders had done nothing constructive and had only criticised the government, but the SAD-BJP alliance would continue working for the betterment of the state.
"They know only how to criticise. We will not now indulge in this and will concentrate on our work," Sukhbir said at the oath-taking ceremony for panches and sarpanches of this district.
Addressing the gathering, he said their focus was on development and they would make the state power surplus in the near future. He said three thermal plants would be established in the state in the coming six months at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore.
He said that to improve the infrastructure of villages, around Rs 1,700 crore had been earmarked to improve roads.
On the atta dal scheme, he said the chief minister had decided to extend the scheme that was being extended to 15,000 families to 30,000 families. The elections to panchayats had withheld the scheme of giving bicycles to girl students, which would resume now, he claimed.
Calling on 460 sarpanches and 2,333 panches, Sukhbir said people had reposed faith in them and now they should work to improve their lot.
Assuring Pathankot a world-class stadium, he said the next kabaddi world cup match would be held here. He also talked about opening gyms for the youth to drive them away from drugs.
Sukhbir, who reached Pathankot an hour and a half late, held a press conference where he said the state government would extend legal support to the Gujarat farmers besides a one-to-one meeting with Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to find the solution.
He said the Congress should not make a hue and cry on the issue as the farmers had the support of the SAD-BJP. He said he had assured the farmers legal and political support.
Among those present on the occasion included local MLA Ashwani Sharma, deputy speaker Dinesh Singh Babbu, Bhoa MLA Seema Kumari, former MP Vinod Khanna, and senior BJP leaders SK Punj and Swaran Salaria.