Hitting back at chief parliamentary secretary and BJP MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who termed the ongoing “Sadbhawna” rallies as wastage of time, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said he did not need advice from Sidhu on the issue, as maintaining peace, harmony and brotherhood in the state were the most important concerns for him.
Badal, who was talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the Sangat Darshan, said, “Should I seek her consent on the issue whether these rallies should be organised? I am doing so to uphold peace, harmony and brotherhood, which are most important for me in the state. If she does not like peace and harmony, it is her will.”
Notably, CPS Dr Sidhu had termed the rallies as wastage of time and said rather than doing this, the CM and other ministers should sit in offices and meet public and solve their problems. Sidhu also slammed the CM for not giving her appointment and ignoring her works.
Reacting to the CM’s response, Sidhu said, “Definitely I believe that it is important to work for the people rather than holding such rallies. If CM does not want to listen, it is his wish.”
Meanwhile, the chief minister reiterated that the presence of several Congress leaders in ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ has exposed the party’s plan to push the state back in turbulent times. He alleged that the Congress party was hatching conspiracies to derail the process of development and peace in the state
“Congress is hobnobbing with the separatist forces to disturb the hard-earned peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state. The worst thing is that despite knowing everything, the state Congress leadership has refused to take any action against the leaders, including former Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjeet Singh Sikki, who had attended the congregation from where talks of destabilising peace and progress of the state were made. This has vindicated our stand that the Congress was wary of a peaceful and prosperous Punjab just for its vested political interests,” he added.
Lashing out at the newly-appointed state Congress chief, he said Amarinder Singh did not have even a single contribution for the development of the state to his credit. “During the tenure of the SAD-BJP alliance, the state has initiated a large number of development projects, which are several times more than that of the Congress,” said the CM.
While addressing the public, he targeted the Congress leadership, saying it completely ignored the state during their long rule and just used the power for their own vested interests.
“I believe that the problems of the people can only be solved by interacting with them here at villages, but my friends in Congress enjoy the power while sitting in posh bungalows in Chandigarh and don’t bother about the people,” he said.
He appealed the people to attend the “Sadbhawna” rally to be held at Sri Goindwal Sahib on December 14.