Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday urged voters to elect Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Gobind Singh Longowal for all-round development of the Dhuri constituency, which will go to polls on April 11.
Addressing election rallies in the constituency on the second day of his three-day tour to the area, Badal said: “The former legislator, Congress’ Arvind Khanna, never came to the constituency and made no efforts to develop the area in the past three years.”
He said Longowal always worked hard and tried his best to get funds from the state government for Dhuri. “Now, it’s your turn to help him win the elections with a huge margin and give him a chance to get more development projects for the constituency.”
Attacking the Barnala family, Badal said: “Congress candidate Simarpartap is the grandson of former chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala who deserted the SAD and joined the Congress for his personal gains.”
Badal was accompanied by Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon.Addressing a gathering, Dhindsa said the SAD took care of Surjit Singh Barnala’s family when he was the Union minister by giving party tickets to his wife Surjit Kaur and son Gaganjeet Barnala in the assembly elections.
Sekhon said the voters had made up their mind to teach a lesson to the Barnala family by electing Longowal. He said the Barnalas would be eliminated from the state politics after the bypoll.
Badal addressed election rallies in Samundgarh Channa, Kandhargarh Channa, Kaulseri and Bhularheri villages.