Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday visited Kotkapura to address a conference organsied by Kotkapura MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Mantar Singh Brar in favour of Paramjit Kaur Gulshan to boost the election campaign of SAD nominee who is facing public ire for allegedly remaining absent from the Faridkot constituency.
Gulshan who has been fielded for second time by the SAD is also facing anti-incumbency factor against her party's government in the state. The chief minister also apparently accepted it in his speech. "If the Punjab government or Bibi Gulshan has made any mistake, ignore it," he said in lighter vein, saying human being is prone to make mistakes.
"You say Bibi Gulshan has been absent from her constituency, but parliamentary constituency has very large area and for six months in a year there is Parliament session. So if you decide to cause any loss to her, it would be your loss," the chief minister said.
Gulshan also admitted it indirectly in her speech. "The constituency is very large and many shortcomings might have been left, but I shall compensate in my next term," she said.
"We are paying Rs 5,000 crore annually as power bills for your tubewells, have provided very cheap atta-dal to the economically backward sections and launched Rahat scheme for traders," the chief minister said.
"The parliamentary elections are more important than other polls as these lead to the formation of government at the Centre, which has all the power in real sense. The schemes of the Centre can change the destiny of the country. There are two main alliances before us - the Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA. The SAD is an alliance partner of the NDA. It is up to country men whom they choose," Badal said asking the gathering to vote for the formation of government led by Narendra Modi.
The chief minister criticised the Congress, holding it responsible for several problems - from procurement of agriculture produce to external threats.
"There have been Chinese incursions and Pakistan-supported people beheaded our soldiers. There is unemployment, poverty, corruption and the Congress has failed on all fronts during its 50 year rule. Only NDA can change the fate of the country," he said. The conference was attended by thousands of party workers. During an interaction with the media later, Badal held the Congress responsible for the failure of industry in the state.