Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said state Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh was trying to “replicate” his sangat darshan programmes to realise his dream of becoming the next chief minister. He was pointing to Amarinder’s recently-launched ‘Halke Vich Captain’, a public-contact campaign.
“But his dream will never be fulfilled. He was promising the moon though knowing well that he won’t be able to form the next government,” Badal said during his interaction with the media at Kang Sabu village, on the sidelines of a sangat darshan programme in Nakodar segment.
“The inaccessible Captain is now sweating out in scorching heat in the hope of becoming the chief minister of the state,” said Badal, adding it was a futile exercise as Captain neither had the intention nor the willpower to ensure welfare of the people.
Saving state’s water interests priority: CM
Replying to a question on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) issue, Badal, when asked if his government would scrap the Clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, the CM said it had already been done. The Clause 5 of the Act legitimates the continuity of flow of waters to non-riparian states.
The demand to scrap the said clause was being made by his party and it was also a part of the SAD manifesto for the 2007 assembly polls.
“Biba ji thuanu ni patta ...assi eh clause pehlan hi khattam kar ditti hai (Madam, you may not know but we have already scrapped the clause),” said the CM when a woman reporter asked the question.
On his government’s intention to terminate water-sharing with Rajasthan, the CM said his first priority was to save the Punjab’s interests in the SYL.