With the sun dawning on the Lok Sabha year, the SAD and the Badal family started their agenda for the times ahead with a sangat darshan programme at Talwandi Sabo on Thursday.
The Bathinda parliamentary seat is being nursed for the polls and was evident as chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal decided to meet people and suggest solutions to their problems.
Such programmes are also being used by SAD leaders to appeal to people to vote for them to return the favour the party did for them by bringing development to their areas.
MP Badal started her new year with sangat darshan programmes in villages under Bathinda rural assembly segment. She listened to people's grievances in Bhisiana, Virak Kalan, Jhumba and Baho Yatri villages on January 1.
On January 2, all three, including the chief minister, the deputy chief minister and the MP interacted with residents of the Talwandi Sabo assembly segment. Harsimrat participated in a programme at Talwandi Sabo, and then she along with the deputy chief minister listened to the people in Rama Mandi.
Deputy chief minister is expected to take part in a sangat darshan programmme in the city on January 5, along with his MP wife, after a long gap.
"Sangat darshan programmes are undoubtedly a platform to do connect with the masses easily as people do turn up for these events to put forth their issues," a senior SAD leader said.
In November, the CM had managed to visit the city for sangat darshan programmes for three consecutive days. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had heard people out in such programmes in Maur Mandi in mast week of November. In Lehra
Mohabbat on December 17 and another one in Kotshamir on December 18.