Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday addressed three rallies in favour of BJP candidate from the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency Vijay Sampla in Hoshiarpur, Dasuya and Mukerian assembly segments.
The chief minister was accompanied by state BJP president Kamal Sharma and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna.
Badal exhorted the people to defeat the Congress in the upcoming election. "Kamal de phull da button daba ke Congress dian cheekhan kadhwa deo (Make the Congress wail by pressing the lotus button on the EVM)," he said.
Rejecting anti-incumbency in the state, he said people were satisfied with the working of the government and would vote in favour of SAD-BJP candidates. "Punjab is going to get great dividends once Arun Jaitley (Amritsar candidate) becomes a union minister in the Modi cabinet," he said. He took a potshot at the Congress saying that it had pushed its reluctant warhorses in the battlefield.
Badal's tongue, however, slipped many a times during his speech in Mukerian. Once he mispronounced Narendra Modi's name as "Naresh Modi" and then issued an appeal to "defeat" him.
"Modi de haraon naal Punjab wich bahaar aa jayegi (Punjab would prosper by defeating Modi)," he said. Interestingly, the organisers had used a 'kundi' connection from a nearby transformer to power the stage from where the CM addressed the rally.
It was done allegedly in connivance with the local PSPCL staff. When a cameraman started clicking pictures of the illegal connection soon after the rally, the employees hurriedly disconnected the wires and left. Programme in charge BJP leader Jiwan Mahajan denied this.
In Dasuya, the CM assured the people that after the elections, he would hold a sangat darshan in the constituency to address their grievances. At Khun Khun Kalan village, he addressed another gathering and welcomed Lok Sewa Dal leader Jaswinder Singh into the SAD fold.