Hailing the victory of the BJP in the Delhi municipal corporation polls, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Wednesday that the days of the Congress at the Centre were numbered.
"The Congress is on its way out at the Centre and this can be felt from the results of the Delhi MC polls, in which people from various parts of the country voted against the party," said the chief minister while talking to reporters after attending the 'bhog' of the 'akhand path' organised by him at the Golden Temple for the welfare of the people of Punjab and the SAD and in the memory of his wife, late Surinder Kaur Badal.
He claimed that the loss of the Congress in some of the states in the recent assembly polls and now in Delhi showed that the party had lost its grip and influence in national politics. "Its very existence in the country is now in jeopardy," he said in response to a query by the media.
On charges of political vendetta levelled by state Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh against the ruling combine, the chief minister said he never practised this form of politics nor did he believe in this type of governance. "Petty quarrels in villages are being given the colour of political vendetta by the Congress, which has got no other issue to talk about," he claimed.
"The Congress should first set its own house in order," he said, referring to the internal fighting in the Congress.
Badal defended the appointment of 21 chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSs), saying they were the "right hand" of ministers. The government or the minister concerned will assign field tasks to each CPS so as to get first-hand information of the problems of the people, he said.
When reporters pointed to non-availability of government officers in the offices of CPSs, Badal
said that specific instructions had been issued that officers would remain available to the public in their respective offices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Special teams from Chandigarh will conduct surprise checks at government offices across the state, he said.
Earlier after participating in the 'bhog', the chief minister was honoured with a 'sirpoa' by Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.