Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said the Congress' ship was sinking in Punjab and a large number of party legislators and senior leaders were ready to join the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The deputy chief minister said this while addressing a gathering at a function organised by revenue minister Bikram Majithia in the Majitha assembly segment.
"We have the problem of plenty. The Congress rank and file has already lost hope and its leaders were looking at the SAD as the only alternative."
He laid the foundation stone of a sewerage project and inauguration of patwarkhana (revenue office).
"The voters in Punjab and across India have understood that Narendra Modi is the only person who can lead the country. They have already decided to bring the NDA into power in the upcoming parliamentary elections."
It is because of this that the people of Punjab are giving short shrift to Congressmen forcing them to quit the party," Sukhbir Badal said.
He further said more than 28,000 people in the Majitha constituency would get blue cards in a few days, adding that the beneficiaries would get atta and daal at Rs 1 per kilogram and Rs 20 per kilogram respectively from the next month.
Sukhbir said once the projects are completed, the area would have a modern look with 100 per cent sewerage and drinking water facilities, besides other basic amenities.
"Our government is committed to the cause of the common man and has implemented a number of projects in the past seven years of the SAD-BJP rule," he said.
Revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia said the Congress was responsible for all the ills facing Punjab and appealed to the people to boycott it completely.
He said it was only the SAD-BJP government which had come to the aid of the farmers in border areas and was creating an industrial atmosphere with greater job opportunities in the border belt.
Prof Sarchand back in Akali fold
Prof Sarchand Singh, who was associated with the Congress party as a media advisor, rejoined the Shiromani Akali Dal in the presence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and revenue minister Bikram Majithia on Thursday. Sarchand was earlier associated with the SAD but had left the party and joined Congress before 2012 Vidhan Sabha polls.
Former president of Majitha nagar council and Congress leader Prabhdyal Singh also joined the SAD.
28,000 people to get blue cards
The deputy chief minister said 28,000 people would get blue cards in Majitha constituency in a few days, who would get atta and daal at Rs 1 per kg and Rs 20 per kg respectively from next month
He said the area would have 100 per cent sewerage and drinking water facilities once the ongoing projects get completed in the constituency.