Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday gave a clarion call to Punjabis not to let anyone tarnish the image of the state.
"We are number one and will remain number one", he said while urging Punjabis to unite and face the vilification campaign launched by vested interests.
Addressing intellectuals, opinion makers and teaching fraternity at the Guru Nanak Dev University here, he urged them to differentiate between real facts and wrong perception being spread to defame Punjab and Punjabis.
On the issue of drugs, he said despite record seizure of narcotics by Punjab Police, some people were trying to politicise the issue.
"Punjab is the only a transit route while the sources of narcotics is across the border," he claimed.
Punjab was fighting the nation's war against drugs but instead of appreciating the efforts of Punjab, political rivals were politicising the issue, which was unacceptable, he said.
About development of Amritsar, Badal said he has taken the development of this city as a 'mission' adding that he had initiated monthly review meetings of ongoing development projects of Amritsar.
This holy city would have world class heritage entry gate, which was under construction. Besides this, the façade from Hall Gate to Darbar Sahib would be originally designed according to its historic look at a cost of Rs 50 crore, he said.
Golden Temple Plaza will have audio, video world class museum with antique traditional belongings of Sikh history.
He said Gobindgarh Fort would also be developed as world class tourist spot and more than 60 percent of its work has been completed.
He said Amritsar would witness the operations of Turkish Bus Rapid Transit System by the end of this year.