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Video | Power Couple at HT: In conversation with Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Kaur

punjab Updated: Jan 08, 2017 09:37 IST
HT Correspondent
Power Couple

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in conversation with Hindustan Times senior resident editor Ramesh Vinayak in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

With polls less than a month away in Punjab, and politics at the heart of all talk for months already, HT brings to you a freewheeling chat with the power couple of Punjab — Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in conversation with in conversation with Hindustan Times senior resident editor Ramesh Vinayak.

Watch the full video here:

Here are the highlights of what the power couple said:

On Punjab polls

• Punjab polls is a two party game. It is Akalis versus a second party divided into two or three, says Sukhbir Singh Badal.

• Akalis have focused on all inclusive development: Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

• Winning and losing is upto God. Development of Punjab is my passion says Sukhbir Badal.

• There is nothing called good poll management. If people are not with you, you cannot win: Sukhbir Badal

On drugs in Punjab

• Saying that all Punjabis are drug addicts is like throwing muck at your own self says Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

• It is a shame that the opposition stoops so low for politics that it defames its own people says Sukhbir.

• Had Bikram Singh Majithia been involved, why would we first arrest the drug lord who named him, asks Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

On politics and governance

• My father never wanted me to grow in politics. I had to prove myself to him & SAD to be here says Sukhbir Badal.

• If a government has the will, it can change the state completely says Sukhbir Badal

• I don’t hide my businesses. Every business of mine has been scrutinised thoroughly: Sukhbir Badal

• I would support prohibition in Punjab says Harsimrat Kaur.

• Any restrictive policy leads to corruption says Sukhbir Badal on prohibition.

About AAP and Kejriwal

• Arvind Kejriwal dumped everyone he has been with. He is a rank opportunist, says Harsimrat Kaur.

• AAP is ‘Made in China’ party. It was a new craze a year ago. Now they have lost face in Punjab says Sukhbir.

• Arvind Kejriwal is hobnobbing with radicals. He has no idea of Punjab’s complex panthic politics: Sukhbir Badal

• AAP formed govt in Delhi with Congress help and is now saying that SAD is mixed up with Congress. Strange isn’t it, asks Sukhbir Badal.

• Punjab is an agrarian state & needs GOI support. God forbid if AAP comes to power they will ruin Punjab fighting with Centre says Sukhbir

• Arvind Kejriwal is an agitationist and from being ‘mayor’ of Delhi he wants to be Punjab CM: Sukhbir Badal.