Don’t know why people are attracted to AAP: Badal

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Phagwara
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2016 21:05 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. (HT Photo)

On the backfoot after a stellar show by Aam Aadmi Party that dwarfed all its political rivals at the annual Maghi Mela, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has expressed surprise over people getting attracted to AAP.

“I don’t know why people are getting attracted to AAP. I’m amazed how people are falling into their trap despite the party selling fake dreams to the common man,” the chief minister told reporters during a two-day annual conference organised by Indian Medical Association (IMA) here.

“The AAP bubble will burst soon as they are befooling the innocent people in Punjab The people of Delhi are already repenting their decision to give reins of power to Arvind Kejriwal, who has failed on all fronts,:” claimed Badal.

The chief minister said AAP was “a party of fugitives” which had no future in Punjab. He, however, declined to admit that failure of the SAD-BJP government was the reason behind people’s craze for AAP.

On the merger of People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) with the Congress, Badal said the move is unlikely to have an impact on the latter’s poll prospects.

Hitting out at his nephew Manpreet Singh Badal, the chief minister said: “If a person doesn’t have any ideology, principle or stand in lfe, how can he succeed?”

Joint panel to look into docs’ problems

The chief minister also asked the IMA and the state health department to form a joint coordination committee under his chairmanship to find out a viable solution to the problems being confronted by them and improve the health delivery system across the state.

Addressing IMA members, Badal said the panel would give vital suggestions to the state government for providing the best healthcare and diagnostic facilities to the people at affordable price.

He also asked the Punjab unit of the IMA to recommend the names of those doctors who were rendering exceptionally outstanding medical and health services to the people for state awards.

He also announced to rope in eminent doctors from the IMA to improve facilities at government-run hospitals. The health department will soon ink a memorandum, of understanding with the Punjab unit of the IMA.

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