Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday dismissed the SAD’s ‘Pani Bachao, Punjab Bachao’ (Save water, save Punjab) rally at Moga as a desperate “Badal bachao” (save Badal) cry from a party that had lost “all credibility in the state due to its 10 years of misrule”.
“Notwithstanding hired workers and crowds lured or coerced into coming to the rally, it was evident that SAD was bereft of any issues and was on the defensive in the face of imminent defeat in the assembly elections,” he said in a statement here.
He said the so-called anti-Sutlej-Yamuna-Link (SYL) canal mega rally turned out to be a “damp squib” as CM Parkash Singh Badal had failed to announce any action plan on the issue. “A lot of rhetoric that Badals have been repeating incessantly for the past several weeks on the SYL issue is now being taken with a pinch of salt by the people,” Amarinder said.
Holding Badal responsible for bringing the SYL issue to such a pass, he said the people knew the entire drama has been enacted by the Badals eyeing the polls. Had he made some effort to ensure the case was properly fought in Supreme Court, things would have been different, Amarinder said.
“Badal is responsible for selling Punjab’s interests in SYL. He did it in exchange for a paltry amount from Haryana on account of his relations with the then chief minister Devi Lal,” he alleged, claiming there was sufficient proof for it.
The Badals apparently were looking to launch their poll campaign with this rally on a high note but even speeches of SAD leaders was low on enthusiasm as was the response of people, he claimed.
The people of Punjab now do not have even alms to give to the CM, who is “begging for votes to add 10 years” to his life, he said.