Ban on MSG to maintain hard-earned peace: Punjab CM Parkash Badal

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Dhuri
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2015 19:05 IST

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said controversial godman and Dera Sacha Sauda head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's movie 'Messenger of God: MSG' has been banned to maintain law and order in the state.

Badal told reporters that the state intelligence agencies and also the Union government had cautioned that the film's screening could disturb the situation in Punjab.

"Even Haryana government had to face law and order situation, (even) before the premiere of the movie in Gurgaon," he said. "How could we take the risk to harm our hard earned peace by releasing the movie here?"

Congress dividing people

The chief minister also accused the Congress party of trying to divide Hindus and Sikhs for political gains. "The Congress has never given a thought to the welfare of people…poor families of the country are deprived of basic amenities because of their wrong policies (when in government at the Centre)," Badal added.

"Each and every farmer of Punjab is debt-ridden because of the anti-farmer policies laid out by the Congress, which ruled the country for a long time," the chief minister added. Reacting to Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann's allegation that Dhuri MLA, Arvind Khanna, had resigned only to help Badal's party - Shiromani Akali Dal - get an absolute majority, the chief minister said: "Everybody knows Arvind Khanna is the right hand of Capt. Amarinder Singh, why he will resign for us?"

On the issue of stray animals on roads, the chief minister further said he has directed deputy commissioners of all districts to identify around 20-22 acres of land in their respective areas for construction of Gaushalas (cow shelters).

Announces Sops for Dhuri

Eyeing a victory, the chief minister made several announcements to woo people of the Dhuri assembly segment. While holding a sangat darshan programme in Benra village, which was adopted by Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann under the Adarsh Gram Yojna, Badal announced setting up of a co-educational government degree college.

Besides cash awards of about Rs 35 lakh, the chief minister also announced upgradation of the senior secondary school.
The chief minister also allocated Rs 8.6 crore for upgradation of water supply, sewerage system, roads and street lights besides asking people to identify land for construction of a bus stand. He also asked officials to prepare a blue print for upgradation of the sports stadium in Baradwal.

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