Coming down heavily on Congress party, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Wednesday that the Congress has ruled the country for almost 50 years since Independence, but, sadly, it has proved a failure on all fronts.
Badal was speaking at a public rally in the old grain market here in favour of SAD candidate Parmjeet Kaur Gulshan from Faridkot (reserved) constituency.
“Congress ruled the country for nearly 50 years out of 66 since Independence, but it failed even to protect the country from outsiders. China made many incursions into the Indian territory, Pakistan- backed terrorists beheaded our army men and even Parliament was attacked by terrorists,” Badal said.
“Due to its wrong policies, India, once called a golden sparrow, has lagged behind in the race of progress and development on every front. The agriculture sector has been reduced to be a non-profitable occupation as a result of faulty policies and huge rise in prices of diesel and fertilisers, so is the condition of industry and education,” Badal said.
”I pay about Rs 5,000 crore for free power supply to your tubewells. I also even pay for your illegal connections (kundi connections)," said Badal, wooing the farmers to vote for the SAD candidate.
The chief minister could not resist touching the old emotional issues as well. "They have snatched our water, capital, Punjabi-speaking areas, attacked Golden Temple and no punishment has been awarded to the accused of anti-Sikh riots," Badal said.
Focusing on industry and education, he said, ”The union government has given a lot of concessions to the neighboring states to set up industry there, which has led to the ruin of the industry in the state, but we are again bringing many industrial units to the state. Our government has also elevated the standard of education and lifted from the 14th rank to 3rd.”
Wooing traders, he dwelt on the recently launched Rahat scheme at length during his speech.
He promised to give a new shape to the state after Narendra Modi is elected prime minister of the country.
Badal said Modi was the most competent leader and worthy of becoming prime minister.
SHOPKEEPERS PROTEST CLOSURE OF SHOPS
Many shopkeepers held a protest before the cavalcade of the chief minister before it entered the rally venue alleging that their shops were forcibly made to close down.
They alle ged that every time such a rally is organised in the old grain market, the centre of the city, they have to suffer huge losses as theirs hops are made to close in the name of security. They also shouted slogans against the government on the issue. The chief minister reportedly himself pacified the protesting shopkeepers assuring them of no harassment in future