Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) calling it “a band of fugitives”.
He was addressing a gathering after paying tributes to Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra on his 12th death anniversary at Tohra village in this district.
He called the AAP “anti-Punjab” and advised people to be aware of their “nefarious designs” and “narrow political interests”. The chief minister warned people against falling for the AAP’s “misleading propaganda” or they would have to pay for it. “The AAP’s motive is to rule the state instead of carrying out development,” Badal claimed, adding that the party had no development agenda for the state on which to contest the assembly elections.
Badal claimed that the AAP is not equipped to handle the state as its leadership is novice that would land the people of Punjab in a soup, which was also evident from its “Delhi model of governance”.
The chief minister said the SAD-BJP alliance is a time-tested brand, therefore, the people reposed faith in its policies and programmes. “How can you expect a new political entity, which is not seized of the hardships faced by people at the grassroots level, to do justice to them?” Badal wondered.
He said the SAD-BJP government so far had given free power to the agriculture sector worth Rs 48,000 crore, besides providing interest-free crop loan of Rs 50,000 to farmers, cashless health insurance of Rs 50,000 besides insurance of Rs 5 lakh in case of accidental death of or disability to the head of a family.
He said the SAD and BJP are all-weather friends, which could feel people’s pulse and address their grievances to their satisfaction. Slamming the AAP for “playing with the sentiments” of people of Punjab, Badal said it was not only deplorable but also unethical, as any political outfit indulging in such gimmicks should refrain from them.
CM condemns Congress
Training guns on the Congress, the chief minister said the party had surpassed all records of betraying the people of Punjab on every issue, be it social, political, economic or religious. He said the Congress was responsible for denying the state its rightful share of river waters, attacking the Harmandar Sahib, 1984 genocide of Sikhs, and depriving the state of Chandigarh as its capital besides for not transferring the Punjabi-speaking areas to the state.