Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal paid tribbutes to Sufi saint Baba Farid here on Saturday — the fourth day of the 27th annual Baba Farid Agman Purb celebrations.
The CM first visited the shrine of the Sufi saint, inaugurated the new building of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, and laid the foundation stone of a drug de-addiction and treatment centre at the institution. He remembered Baba Farid as father of Punjabi poetry. "The message of Baba Farid was of spirituality, equality and humanity, and he spoke in the language of the masses," said the CM. This city has derived its name from Baba Farid.
The chief minister also announced to increase the World Cup Kabaddi prize money for top three teams (Rs 2 crore for first team; Rs 1 crore for second; and Rs 51 lakh for third). At Nehru Stadium, venue of cultural fair and rural games to mark the festival, the CM also released a souvenir magazine of the district cultural society and then spoke against the Centre and its new policy on foreign direct investment (FDI).
"The Congress regime at the Centre has created political uncertainty in the country and an atmosphere of mistrust among its allies, which may lead India to mid-term elections," said Badal. "India should not adopt the policies that favour only the developed countries such as the US."