Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Tuesday that the 2017 assembly elections would mainly be a battle between the SAD and the Congress.
Refusing to consider the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a major player in the Punjab polls, Sukhbir said the AAP had betrayed the trust and mandate of the people of Delhi by bestowing political posts on MLAs.
He announced that the SAD would choose candidates for the assembly elections on the basis of winnability and declare their names at an appropriate time.
The SAD chief exuded confidence that newly-appointed Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh would face defeat for the third time in a row, adding that the famous phrase, “third-time lucky” would not prove true in his case.
On the Abohar murder, Sukhbir said the culprits would soon be brought to book.
He stated that Punjab was mulling legal options over a recent Supreme Court judgement that declared as null and void the state government’s decision to give ownership rights of land in border areas around riverbeds to peasants ploughing them.
Earlier, Sukhbir distributed development grants worth crores of rupees to the villages of Chak Jandwala, Chak Panjkohi, Chak Kabarwala, Roranwala and Kharunj during his sangat darshan programmes.
He also announced grants to build dharamshalas, playgrounds, anganwadi centres and boundary walls around schools. He added that if any panchayat made panchayati land available, people belonging to poor sections of society would be given five-marla land each for dwelling units.