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Rahul welcome to contest from Bathinda: CM

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2014 00:04 IST
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Commenting on Captain Amarinder Singh's probable candidature for the Lok sabha elections from Bathinda, Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab chief minister has said that even Congress vice-president Rahul Gandi was 'welcome' to contest from the constituency.

In town to attend a sangat darshan, the CM said: "The SAD does not care about the Congress' candidate for Bathinda. We will win from here."

Badal added that that claims of Partap Singh Bajwa, the state Congress president, on the closure of industrial units in the state were mere propaganda and was not the truth.

"There is no issue of closure of industrial units. Bajwa is issuing irrational and misleading statements."

He denied any relevance of the media reports of a possible alliance between the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) led by Surjeet Singh Barnala and SAD.

On the increased number of Punjabi youth being murdered in Phillipines, he said: "The Centre must take up the matter with its counterpart in Manila. The government must protect its citizens. The matter will be taken up with the union government," the chief minister said when asked to comment on the rise of the number of killings of Punjabis in Phillipines.

Badal announced that a comprehensive project to free Punjab of water-logging will be started within a fortnight.

A Rs 3,277-crore master plan has been prepared and in the first phase Rs 543 crore will be spent.

He added that work on the railway over bridge on Jalalabad road will be started soon with an estimated cost of Rs 28 crore and will help in relieving the state of traffic congestion.

The chief minister also announced that Rs 4.5 crore will be spent to improve the major roads in the city.