Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said the massive victory margin of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura in Khadoor Sahib bypoll has set the tone for party’s grand victory in the 2017 assembly polls.
Addressing a public gathering during a function to mark the start of the enhanced pension scheme at the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial here, Badal said: “Opposition parties had deliberately boycotted the bypoll apprehending their crushing defeat and termed the outcome of Khadoor Sahib byelection as insignificant and inconsequential.”
“On the contrary, the unprecedented mandate in favour of the Akali candidate has set the tone for the SAD-BJP alliance’s victory in the 2017 polls,” said the chief minister.
“The alliance would contest the polls exclusively on development and peace planks to give a befitting reply to the divisive, anti-Punjab and anti-people forces, which were hell bent upon to destroy the social fabric in the state,” added Badal.
Lashing out at the Congress, he squarely blamed it for meting out a step-motherly treatment to the state during the UPA rule. “Industry and agriculture suffered the most due to the regressive policies of the Congress. The Congress-led governments never gave any big-ticket industrial project to the state. Worst, it gave incentives to neighbouring states that resulted in exodus of industrial units from Punjab,” Badal claimed.