Deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the upcoming Sadbhawna rally in Patiala will be the biggest to date.
In the city to oversee arrangements for the rally scheduled on December 15, Badal said that he had deliberately fixed the date of the rally to coincide with the Bathinda rally of the Congress, as the electoral battle had begun in the state and the side striking first would be the winner.
He also asked party leaders from Patiala, Rupnagar, SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur to work towards making the rally a success. Disclosing the party’s campaign strategy, Badal said that every vehicle carrying the sticker of ‘I am proud to be Akali’ would testify to the party’s popularity among the common people of Punjab.
Expressing confidence about the SAD’s victory in the assembly bypolls on the Khadoor Sahib seat, the deputy CM said that its results would prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the Congress.
“With the Congress embroiled in its own internal power struggle, the SAD-BJP alliance will again form the government in Punjab,”he said.
Lampooning the statement of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh on his preference for mass contact programmes over big rallies, Badal said it was clear that Captain felt more at home in comforts of foreign countries while SAD-BJP leaders maintained regular contact with citizens to solve their grievances.
Cabinet ministers Surjit Singh Rakhra, Daljit Singh Cheema and Parminder Singh Dhindsa were present during Badal’s visit.