Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said nobody would be allowed to disturb the peace and harmony in the state.
Badal was referring to the police action taken against the hardliners while talking to the media on the sidelines of his sangat darshan here. He said the government is duty-bound to maintain law and order and nobody would be allowed to take law into their own hands. He urged the people to understand the situation that led to police action against the Sikh hardliners on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
Badal also made it clear that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would not contest from Dhuri constituency in the assembly elections in 2017.
Putting to rest all such speculations, Badal said, "There is no question of Sukhbir contesting from here. Only Gobind Singh Longowal, whom you had voted with a thumping majority in the bypoll, will represent the constituency." He said that as chief minister, it was his duty to visit the constituency after the bypoll to thank the people.
Badal visited 14 villages and distributed cheques to panchayats for development works. He was accompanied by finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Longowal.
To a question, Badal said there was no proposal from the government to install solar lights in all villages. It's a rumour spread by some officials, he added. When told about the lack of ration for midday meals in schools, he said the government is trying to provide atta-dal and sugar in all schools.
Badal termed as unfortunate the incident of shoe-hurling at minister Tota Singh in the US. He said individuals behind these acts were not familiar with the ground realities in Punjab.
On the recent floods in Moonak, he said the government would address the issue this year as he had already taken it up with the Centre.
"No CM visits villages like this and solves problems on the spot in 15 minutes with all officers in attendance. With this interface you need not visit any government office for work," he told the villagers.
Badal said the government was holding interviews for doctors and soon there would be regular doctors in all dispensaries in villages.
He also urged farmers to opt beekeeping, dairy farming and fish farming to earn extra income and to give up the wheat-paddy circle. He told farmers to buy tractors and farm machinery individually, constitute a society of villages and then share the farm equipment which would help them save money.