Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has defended Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the row over alleged eviction of Punjabi farmers from parts of Gujarat. "It was the Congress chief minister of Gujarat before Narendra Modi who was responsible for the eviction of Punjabi families...I can't comment further because the matter is sub-judice," he said.
He was in Faridkot to administer oaths of office to 213 sarpanches and 1,477 newly elected panchayat members from the district at the local new grain market.
He also claimed that the second term of the SAD-BJP government was earned by its development record, as was the case with Narendra Modi -led Gujrat and and Madhya Pradesh under Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
"Modi and Chauhan have been ruling over the state for 15 years due to their development record. We share the same aim in our state."
"The government will launch a new scheme linked to blue cards, under which the poor will be able to get treatment even in private hospitals up to Rs 30,000 a year, in case the treatment is not available in government hospitals," he said.
Sukhbir appreciated DSGMC president Manjeet Singh GK for not removing his turban at the air port in Rome, but said that it was very unfortunate that the Central government had been mum on the issue.
The deputy chief minister also assured 100% drinking water supply and sewerage to Faridkot, Jaitu and Kotkapura.
"The deputy chief minister has accepted our long standing demand and has assured to move the already approved 90 crore project for laying sewerage in Faridkot," said Faridkot MLA Deep Malhotra.
Prominent among those present were rural development minister Surjeet Singh Rakhra, Faridkot MP Parmjeet Kaur Gulshan, Faridkot MLA Deep Malhotra and CPS rural development and panchayat Mantar Singh Brar, who is also the Kotkapura MLA.