Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has warned state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh to be prepared for the third consecutive defeat at the hands of the Akali-BJP alliance in the 2017 assembly elections.
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a sangat darshan programme in Lambi assembly segment here on Monday, Badal said the Captain’s dream of forming the government would be shattered in 2017 and the alliance would give a crushing defeat to him and his party.
Badal said the wise people of the state had rejected Amarinder’s ‘royal style’ of politics for two consecutive terms, adding that they would do it yet again.
On the sops being announced by Amarinder to woo voters, the chief minister said the state Congress president knew very well that he would not come to power, so he was desperately ‘promising the moon’ to everybody.
“The SAD-BJP government has delivered everything promised to the people. Punjab is witnessing an era of overall development and prosperity,” Badal said.
On Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s upcoming Punjab tour, Badal said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its leaders would have no bearing on the state polity.
FARMER SUICIDES: CENTRE MUST TAKE STEPS, SAYS CM
On farmer suicides, the chief minister said the Union government must initiate steps to resolve this problem, which was the result of low income and high agricultural inputs.
“Low agriculture production due to decrease in land holdings is another reason due to which farmers are forced to take the extreme step. The state government is completely aware of this problem and every possible effort is being made to supplement farmers’ income by encouraging them to enter the allied farming sector and motivating the youth to go for skill training,” he added.
The chief minister expressed concern at the loss of life and property in Haryana due to the ongoing Jat agitation.
Badal held sangat darshan programmes in the villages of Chappianwali, Kolianwali, Dhani Kundan Singh, Dhani Barki and Burj Sidhwan under the Lambi assembly segment.