On the last day of campaigning for the Dhuri bypoll, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday focused on urban voters, addressing a series of rallies in various wards of the town.
Continuing his tirade against the Congress, Badal said neither Capt Amarinder Singh nor Partap Singh Bajwa could salvage the party, which he compared to a sinking ship. He described the two Congress leaders as ‘unequal wheels’ of a vehicle which could not be expected to take people along. “Such a journey is fraught with danger,” he added.
Describing the Captain as a migratory bird who is not available even for his own party, Badal said what could the people of Dhuri expect from such an elusive leader, who did not even know the names of villages from where he was seeking votes.
About the Barnala family, the CM said it had taken benefits from the Congress at the cost of betraying the parent party (Shiromani Akali Dal) and discarding the legacy of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. Badal added, “You must vote for the Sant’s heir, Gobind Singh Longowal, who is one among you and knows your problems and needs.”
He cautioned voters to be wary of the Congress which had always discriminated against Punjab and cheated Punjabis.
Education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, who also addressed voters in the town, quipped that the less said about the Barnalas, the better, adding that the Congress stood exposed for its misdeeds and divisive politics. He appealed to the people to vote for the SAD candidate, while assuring all-round development.
Badal had earlier campaigned extensively in rural areas of Dhuri. The constituency has more than 1 lakh rural voters and about 38,000 in urban areas. Experts said Badal shifted his attention to urban voters on Thursday to make up for the near-absence of the BJP during campaigning in urban areas.
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