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Sukhbir Badal reviews arrangements for Modi rally in Jagraon

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jagraon, December 12, 2013
First Published: 20:37 IST(12/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:47 IST(12/12/2013)

Shiromani Akali Dal president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday came down heavily on the Congress and other political parties for their "constantly misleading" the people on Punjab's industrial revival.

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Sukhbir said the state's industrial growth had got a new direction with the culmination of the successful progressive Punjab investors' summit.

Reacting to the opposition's remark about the summit being a "drama", Sukhbir said, "It is unfortunate that these leaders lack the insight to recognise the will and commitment of the Punjab government."

He said the recently concluded summit involving top industrialists from India and abroad was beyond the imagination of these shallow-minded political leaders. He advised them to verify the facts before issuing statements to the media merely to gain attention.

The deputy CM termed the propaganda as a desperate move by the Congress to regain base after having tasted defeat in the recent assembly elections in four states.

Talking to mediapersons after reviewing the arrangements for Narendra Modi's rally at Jagraon on December 21, Sukhbir said the rally would be one of the largest ever organised in Punjab. He exhorted the leaders and workers of the SAD-BJP to uproot the Congress-led UPA government in the coming elections and elect the NDA in larger public interest.

Taking stock of the security measures being taken by the state, the deputy CM, accompanied by DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, said the security machinery had been fully geared up. He said a huge pandal was being set up in an area of 96 acres with four big stages for the prominent leaders attending the rally. He told the administration to ensure a smooth flow of vehicular traffic in the city on the rally day so that people did not face inconvenience.

PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, political adviser to CM Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and state BJP president Kamal Sharma were also present on the occasion.

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