Campaigning in Khadoor Sahib for the assembly bypoll, Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday urged the people to elect SAD nominee Ravinder Singh Brahmpura with a record margin of 1 lakh as the poll was “a referendum on the policies and working of the SAD-BJP government”.
Stating that development in rural Punjab happened only during SAD rule, Sukhbir cited free power to the agriculture sector among other schemes. He termed SAD as a party of the people of Punjab and “the representative voice of Sikhs worldwide”.
According to a press release issued by the SAD here, Sukhbir said that in direct contrast the leaders of the AAP party were outsiders and “rank opportunists who created anarchy in Delhi”. He also urged the people to compare the “dichotomy” in the statements of AAP head and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal before and after he came to power.
The SAD president also urged the people to stay away from the Congress and its former MLA Ramanjit Sikki “who is playing politics over incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahab”.
Decrying the AAP and Congress for “running away from the contest”, he announced that “once voted back to power, the SAD-BJP would build concrete streets and drains in all 12,000 villages of the state”.