Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday urged people not to get swayed by the “emotionally surcharged” speeches of his rivals, saying the opposition parties were “devoid of sincerity, loyalty, and commitment” towards Punjab and its people.
All guns blazing on the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, Badal said the parties were playing “political gimmicks” to woo voters and asked people to beware of their “nefarious designs to satiate their lust for power”.
He was speaking during a sangat darshan programme here.
He said the Congress party’s role in sharing of river waters was unforgettable. “… and the Congress party’s pro-active role in construction of the SYL Canal at the behest of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1982… the splendid foundation ceremony in presence of Captain Amarinder Singh…,” badal said.
Lambasting the AAP as a “band of tricksters”, Badal said the party leadership were novices and had hardly any experience to run the state. People could judge the administrative acumen of AAP leadership from the Delhi model, which proved to be a failure, Badal added. Badal said AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was living in “fool’s paradise” that he will rule Punjab, saying Kejriwal was not even “remotely associated” with ground realities in the state.
On the farm crisis, Badal said the Centre should take an immediate call and constitute a high-powered committee comprising agriculture experts and economists to bail out the beleaguered peasantry.