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In Hoshiarpur, CM flays Cong for misrule, bias towards Punjab

Harpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times  Hoshiarpur, March 28, 2014
First Published: 23:27 IST(28/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:29 IST(28/3/2014)

Addressing a rally in favour of BJP candidate from Hoshiarpur parliamentary segment Vijay Sampla in Ghasipur village of Sham Churasi assembly segment, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday lambasted the Congress for its alleged "misrule and bias towards Punjab", adding that it would be seen nowhere after the elections.

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Appealing to people to vote for the SAD-BJP candidate, Badal said the NDA government in the Centre would mean progress for the state.

"Neither Mr Narendra Modi nor any other minister will say no to me. So for an all-round development of the state, help NDA form government," he urged the audience.

"The Congress was readying for Captain Amarinder Singh's coronation during the last assembly elections but its dream was shattered. The party would meet the same fate in the ensuing elections," the CM said.

Claiming that no one could beat him in the game of politics, the chief minister said, "I know how to tackle my opponents. Je ohna nu thibbi launi aandi hai tan main kainchi pauni jaanda han," he said referring to techniques of kabaddi game.

Badal also targeted his nephew Manpreet Singh Badal and veteran Akali leader Surjit Singh Barnala, stating that the both betrayed the party.

"The party made Barnala sahib governor, chief minister and a union minister. I made personal request to the late Prime Minister Morarji Desai to take him in the cabinet," he claimed.

"Buddhe wele jadon hun turna vi aukha hai, oh chhaal mar ke Congress di jholi ch ja ke baith gaye han (In his twilight days, when he finds it hard to walk, he hopped on to the Congress)," he jibed.

He also criticised Manpreet for ditching his 'parent' party to join the Congress. "The communists who boast of lofty ideals and discipline have also extended him support, though they have been fighting the Congress at the Centre," he added.

Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma alleged that the Congress was responsible for the "dark era" in Punjab, referring to militancy days.

Earlier, talking to mediapersons, the chief minister welcomed Centre's stance on Devinderpal Singh Bhullar but refused to remark on Operation Bluestar controversy, raked by Amritsar candidates Captain Amarinder Singh and Arun Jaitley.

"Due to its (Congress) refusal to decentralise power, people got alienated," he remarked. He said the countdown for the Congress had begun and all the "so-called" heavyweights would lose miserably in the coming elections.

Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna, Vijay Sampla and chief parliamentary secretary Mohinder Kaur Josh also addressed the rally.
 
Sidelights
·      When the stage secretary asked the speakers to keep their speech short, Badal intervened and said he had enough time to listen to all and was in no hurry to leave 
·      Even as one after another speaker reminded the voters to click the 'lotus' button on the voting machine on polling day, but the banner on the dais had  SAD symbol 'scale' as well.
 ·      Giving a mild rebuke to CPS Mohinder Kaur Josh, Badal said it was necessary to control one's emotions. "Bibi ji kise wele zyada hi josh wich aa jande han. Zyada josh ve theek nahin," he said. But he also patted her for managing a good crowd.
·      Much to the embarrassment of all BJP leaders present on the dais, Mohinder Kaur Josh asked Kamal Sharma to worry about his party and not SAD, apparently referring to BJP's infighting. "Tusi saada fikar na karo aapna dekho, assi tan lead dua hi deange," she remarked.

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