Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that ‘sangat darshan’ (public meetings) was not everybody’s cup of tea and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh were a complete misfit to adopt this people-friendly exercise.
Addressing public during a sangat darshan at Mohale and Vehra villages in Raja Sansi assembly segment here on Wednesday, Badal said there was no other chief minister in the country who braves weather vagaries to meet people at their doorstep.
He said Kejriwal had tried replicating ‘sangat darshan’ through ‘janta darbar’ in Delhi, but he couldn’t continue, adding Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh never bothered to meet people during his tenure as the chief minister of the state.
“In a false hope of becoming the chief minister, Captain is holding ‘darbars’ where he indulges in self glorification and bashing of political rivals without even thinking of public welfare. This is a futile exercise as Capt has neither will nor interest in public welfare,” Badal said.
He said it was a habit of Capt Amarinder to go into hibernation after winning elections, which he again did after getting elected as the Lok Sabha member from Amritsar.
Demands special package from Centre
The CM also urged the Centre to announce a special package for the border villages, which, he said, were under developed and residents have been braving adverse conditions. Badal said he was hopeful that the NDA government at the Centre would soon consider his demand.
Interacting with mediapersons at Bhindi Aulakh Khurd village, Badal slammed the Aam Aadmi Party for its stand that it will review power subsidy being given to farmers, if voted to power. He said the `5,000-crore annual power subsidy being given to the farmers by the state government was a humble gesture to acknowledge the immense contribution of food-growers in making the country self-reliant in food production. The CM said with the statement, the AAP stood exposed being anti-farmer.
The chief minister was accompanied by district planning committee chairman Jathedar Veer Singh Lopoke, special principal secretary to CM S Karunaraju, deputy inspector general of police Kunwar Vijay Pratap, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam and senior superintendent of police Jasdeep Singh and others.