Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Thursday that leaders of the other parties cannot stop him from holding sangat darshan programmes and spending money for the development and welfare of the people.
"I am an elected chief minister and have the power to give money for the development of the people. The Congress leaders, who are making statements in the media are free to file a complaint with the Election Commission," said the chief minister, while talking to mediapersons on the concluding day of his weeklong sangat darshan programme here.
"I am surprised to see the statement of Rajinder Kaur Bhattal urging the Election Commission to stop me from holding sangat darshan. The people of Punjab have given me the responsibility and I am spending public money for the welfare and development of the rural areas of the state," he said.
He said, "Congress leaders have nothing to give to the people, so they also want to create hurdles in my way."
AKALI LEADERS URGED TO STAY UNITED
The chief minister asked the SAD leaders to stand united. "I know that you always fight with each other, and now you are trying to show me your unity, but you will start fighting again after I leave," said Badal during the sangat darshan programme in Kanjla, the native village of former minister Gobind Singh Kanjla and SAD leader Rajinder Singh Kanjla.
Residents of Kanjla village demanded grant worth about Rs 2.5 crore for various development projects in the village but Badal said, "We have some limitations and I can give you funds in lakhs but your demand is in crores. For the rest of the money, you can take help of the former minister."
'Navjot Sidhu is like my son'
Asked whether the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will take support of former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is going to campaign for the BJP candidates in Delhi assembly elections, Badal said, "I don't have any problem with Navjot Sidhu. He is like my son and brother and I have never spoken against him, it is very good if he is going to Delhi for campaigning."
Badal said, "Sidhu is free to hold poll campaigning in any assembly constituency of Delhi, whether for BJP or SAD candidates."
During the six-day sangat darshan programme, the chief minister has announced grants worth Rs 17 crore
to 57 village panchayats and Dhuri town for developmental works.