Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Wednesday that no party, whether Congress or Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), would be able to prevent the SAD-BJP alliance from making a hat trick in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections in 2017. Badal claimed that the ruling alliance would retain power in Punjab with a massive majority.
Badal was addressing a press conference at Babbehali village, 5 km from here, after inaugurating Rs 54-crore projects in Gurdaspur, including a government meritorious school, built at a cost of Rs 30 crore, a new civil hospital, built at a cost of Rs 20 crore and a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts raised at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
Commenting on the prevalent row between AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and sacked AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur over corruption by the latter, Badal remarked that the AAP had no roots in Punjab and there was a complete chaos in it.
The CM advised the leadership of the opposition party (Congress) without naming it to appreciate the good works done by the ruling alliance during its present over nine years of rule. Badal opined that the opposition was not meant only to always condemn the government.
Badal claimed to be the champion of the farming community in Punjab. He asserted that no other state government in the country had ever given the facilities his government has been offering to the farmers, which include Rs 5,000-crore free power a year to farm tube wells and interest-free loan of up to Rs 50,000 from cooperative societies.
Badal said that his government spent Rs 3,415 crore during the current fiscal on providing atta-dal to the poor at a cheaper rate. The chief minister was here to give away prizes to the winners of different sports events at the three-day Babbehali Chhinjh (wrestling feats) where he also distributed cheques for Rs 20 lakh among four panchayats of the area for developmental works.
Addressing the prize distribution function, Badal also lauded local MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali for organising the historic Babbehali Chhinjh every year promoting sports culture in the state.
Badal was also accompanied by Punjab school education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.