Brushing aside all criticism of his much-cherished 'sangat darshans', chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the programme was meant for the on-the-spot solution to the problems of the common man and promoting communal harmony. The CM, who was talking to mediapersons here, pointed out that he seldom talked of politics during 'sangat darshans'.
Badal said that he wanted to broaden the sangat darshan programme by making it a regular feature of governance. The CM said he planned to hold sangat darshan for two days in Malwa and for one day each in Majha and Doaba every week.
He said that the Congress leaders were in the habit of indulging in mud-slinging and he never targeted any individual in his political discourses.
The chief minister rubbished the charge levelled by PCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa that the state's economy was going through a bad phase. "Had it been so, I wouldn't have been able to distribute grants worth crores of rupees at sangat darshans," he said. He claimed that there was no dearth of funds with the state government.
Badal said that there were fields where the central government rules prevented his government from taking certain welfare measures for the people of the state. He said that as per the rules of the central government the farmers could get only Rs. 3,500 per acre as compensation for damaged crops due to a natural calamity, which was insufficient. Expressing his sympathy with the farmers who suffered loss of crops because of recent floods in Punjab, Badal said that he would soon meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking more compensation for the affected farmers.
Badal said that the 'wrong' policies of the successive Congress-led governments were responsible for the sharp decline in the value of rupee.
Earlier in the day, the CM held a sangat darshan at a local hotel from 8.30am to 10am. The CM would hold sangat darshan for three days in Qadian assembly constituency.
The security had been tightened at all the entry points to the town in the wake of CM's visit. Later, he visited the headquarters of the Ahmadiya Muslims at Qadian and addressed mediapersons there. Then he held Sangat Darshan programmes at Baba Aaya Singh Riarki College at Tughalwal and Dairiwal village.