Dhuri bypoll: Elect Akali candidate, get more grants, says Badal to voters

  • Gagandeep Singh Gill, Hindustan Times, Issrah (Sangrur)
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2015 20:41 IST

On the last day of his three day tour to Dhuri in support of Akali-BJP candidate Gobind Singh Longowal, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday reminded people about the grants he had given during sangat darshan earlier this year.

Badal said, “Last time, I gave you grants. This time, I have come for votes. By electing Longowal, you will open the doors to development and more grants would pour in.”

Addressing a rally in this village, located 20 km from Sangrur town, he said the Dhuri bypoll reminded him of the assembly elections after the Emergency as in both cases, people’s participation was more than that of the party. “Seeing the gatherings wherever I go makes me feel as if Longowal is already the winner,” he added.

Badal reiterated that Longowal was an honest and hard-working party member. He urged voters to elect the heir of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal instead of electing former chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala’s grandson Simarpratap Singh.

Comparing the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) with a mother, the CM said Barnala had not even spared his ‘mother’. He added that Barnala was always in touch with the Congress, but he (Badal) had never intervened, hoping that things would be fine one day. But it went from bad to worse when Barnala’s grandson decided to contest the byelection on the Congress symbol against the SAD, Badal added.

The CM was accompanied by finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and water supply and sanitation minister Surjit Singh Rakhra.

Speaking on the occasion, Dhindsa said it was now out in the open that the Barnala family had always been with the Congress.

Speaking to the media, he said Punjab BJP leaders were busy with a party meeting in Bengaluru and they would soon join campaigning here.

Badal addressed election rallies in Dadhogal, Jainpur, Issrah, Kheri Jattan, Lohar Majra and Issi villages.

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