Advising former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to refrain from issuing baseless statements, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said the Congress MP should not forget that he (Badal) was bestowed upon the responsibility of serving the state by the people and only they had the power to remove him.
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of the foundation stone laying ceremony of a project for covering and beautifying an open drain at Qadian, the chief minister said it was the people of Punjab who had elected him as chief minister for the record fifth time and he was serving the state as per wishes of party and the people.
Badal said throughout his political career he had been a votary of morality and had never stooped low by issuing undesirable and unwarranted statements.
“My friend Captain Amarinder must understand that democracy is run by people’s verdict and not by whims and fancies of an individual,” he added.
Meanwhile, Badal reiterated that the SAD-BJP alliance was intact and there was no danger to it.
Failed eye surgeries
When asked about the botched eye surgeries in Ghuman village of the district, the chief minister said he already had ordered a high-level probe into the matter and no erring person, howsoever affluent he was, would be spared at any cost. Badal said every culprit of this heinous crime would be brought to the book.
Replying to a query, Badal said there was no dearth of funds to eradicate drug menace from the state and the government was making all out effort by setting up drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres.
Reiterating his government’s firm commitment to make Punjab a drug-free state, he solicited full support and cooperation of the people in this noble cause.
Badal said the only solution to check the menace was to totally cut the supply line both from within the country and from abroad, and they were regularly taking up the issue with the Centre.
Later addressing a public gathering, the chief minister said the project to cover and beautify the open drain would prove to be a boon for the residents of this town.
“The project, which is expected to come up at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore, will solve one of the major problems of the people,” said Badal, adding, the state government would take every step to develop this historic town of immense significance.
Making a scathing attack on the Congress for overt centralisation of power, the chief minister said the successive Congress governments at the Centre had encroached upon the rights of states that led to a regional imbalance in the country.
Though the states were responsible to the people for every work, but they had little power, said Badal, and the only solution to this was implementation of a federal structure in the country.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of calling a meeting of all chief ministers in Delhi was a right step in this direction,” he added.
He said the Congress was a “spent force hardly having any future in the political scenario of the country”.
Taking about the Punjab Congress leadership, he said it was a divided house that would soon crumble like a ‘pack of cards’. He exhorted people not get swayed away by the misleading propaganda of the Congress leaders.