Describing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a disarrayed force, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said this party was bereft of any pro-people or development-oriented ideology.
Addressing a gathering here during the “sangat darshan” programme in the Khadoor Sahib assembly segment, the chief minister said the antecedents and future planning of these people, who claim themselves to be the ‘commoners’, were not known to anybody. He said the AAP government at Delhi had miserably failed to fulfill the expectations of the common man.
Citing an example, Badal said his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal had announced to hold ‘janata darbars’ for redressing the grievances of people, but this never turned into a reality. He said this interactive programme for redressing the public complaints could be successfully held by only those public representatives who were well versed with the problems of the masses and not by those who were not aware of these sufferings of the common man.
Shifting focus to the Congress, Badal claimed that its leaders were also averse to the idea of meeting the people due to which they never come out of their posh residences to interact with the masses. He said these leaders used the mandate of the people just for enjoying fruits of power, rather than working for the development of the state and prosperity of its people.
“Congress leaders use power for their own well being whereas SAD-BJP alliance government has from day one devoted itself to public cause,” he said, while highlighting the importance of “sangat darshan”.
He said the “sangat darshan” programme had no parallel across the country as no other chief minister had ever bothered to spare so much time for the people by solving their problems at their doorsteps. He said those who had done nothing for the welfare of state were criticising this programme just for the sake of criticism.
Later interacting with the media, the chief minister said all the people of the state, irrespective of their political affiliations, must attend the “Sadbhwana” rally at Goindwal Sahib on December 14. He said these rallies were not aimed at scoring any political goal, but its sole objective was to promote peace and brotherhood in the state.