Cong, others stand no chance in ’17 assembly polls: Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2015 08:54 IST

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the Congress was unable to face the strong bonding between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and that is why newly elected Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and his team were working hard to form a grand alliance which will never form government in the state.

Badal, who was speaking at the International Vaish Meet in the city, said neither the Congress nor any other party stand any chance in the 2017 assembly elections since the ruling alliance has made unprecedented development in Punjab during its decade-long rule.

Badal announced that the payment of paddy will be disbursed in the coming days to arhtiyas in the state. The CM said a high-level committee has been constituted to resolve the issues pertaining to industry in Punjab. He said the Punjab government will disburse Rs 25 crore grant to each constituency so that all areas witness the same development. He said Rs 1,600 crore would be spent on sewerage, potable water, basic amenities in urban areas. Badal also announced a discretionary grant of Rs 20 lakh for renovation of school named after Lala Lajpat Rai at Jagraon.

Earlier, addressing the gathering at the National Executive Meet of International Vaish Federation, Badal termed Punjab a “tower of communal harmony”.

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