Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will remain the alliance partner of the Shiromani Akali Dali (SAD) even after the SAD gets majority of its own with 59 seats in the 117-member state assembly by winning the Dhuri byelection.
"The BJP will remain an important alliance partner for the SAD even after we get absolute majority, like the BJP did not forget its alliance partners even after clear majority in the Lok Sabha. Having enough numbers, the BJP could have formed the government at the Centre without alliance partners, but it did not do so," said Badal, while talking to mediapersons in Sherpur Sodian village of Dhuri assembly segment.
When asked about Captain Amarinder Singh's 'Lalkar rally' to create awareness against drugs in Amritsar, Badal said, "I don't want to comment on that, but I would request them (Congress leaders) to first sort out the issues at their home, then move further."
Replying to a question about the upcoming elections of Delhi assembly, Badal said, "The Congress and the AAP stand nowhere in Delhi, and the SAD-BJP combine will sweep the polls and the alliance will form the government in Delhi."
'Sangat darshan a routine affair'
Reacting to Congress' allegations about the sangat darshan programme in Dhuri soon after Arvind Khanna's resignation, Badal said, "I had announced the programme for Dhuri before Khanna submitted his resignation. Sangat darshan is a routine process of our government and has nothing to do with the resignation of the Congress MLA."
"Congress leaders are welcome if they want to videograph the sangat darshan so that they can come to know what we are doing for the people," he added. He, however, refused to says anything about the SAD candidate for the Dhuri bypoll.
Saying that people of Dhuri had made wrong choices in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Badal, however, slammed former Congress MLA from Dhuri Arvind Khanna for his running away from his responsibilities. He appealed to the people of Dhuri to mend their mistakes in future.
"Earlier, in Punjab assembly elections, you made a mistake by electing a wrong person, and again you repeated your mistake in the parliamentary elections, you should give a thought, who is standing by you," Badal said, adding, "Now tell me what you have got from the people you had voted for?"
"Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa is our very senior leader and could have been made a union minister, but you did not vote for him, and it was your loss," he added.
Sarpanch's demand turned down
Sensing that the CM was working hard to get an absolute majority in the assembly by winning the Dhuri byelection, Charan Singh, sarpnach of Sherput Sodian village, appealed to him to provide them funds for the construction of a marriage palace in their village.
Though, the chief minster repeatedly asked him to first improve the situation of streets and sewerage in his village, but the sarpanch continued to iterate his demand saying, "We are poor people and don't have enough money to bear the charges of private marriage palaces. So, it is my humble request to you to please provide funds for the marriage palace."
However, the CM turned down his demand saying, "We are doing a lot for you and it is your government but you should not be so much greedy."
The chief minister, who was accompanied by finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, held sangat darshan programmes in 13 villages of Dhuri on Friday.