While taking a dig at opponent parties, including Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and People's Party of Punjab (PPP), deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance was all set to mark a victory in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Punjab.
Badal said National Democratic Alliance (NDA), under the leadership of Narendra Modi, would sweep the elections throughout the country. The Sukhbir Singh Badal said opponent parties were frustrated as they had nothing to pinpoint at SAD in the state.
Sukhbir Singh Badal was in the city to lay the foundation stone of the Rs 135 crore Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Tajpur Road here. He was accompanied by Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana, Manpreet Singh Ayali, and member of legislative assembly (MLA) Ranjit Dhillon, among other leaders and industrialists.
Responding to reports about Simarjit Bains contesting parliamentary elections, Badal said he was welcome to do so from anywhere in the state. “Bains brothers (Balwinder Bains and Simarjit Bains) had contested the legislative elections as independents, but later joined SAD. If they want to contest Lok Sabha elections, they can do so”, Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
Sharing the party's agenda for the upcoming elections, he said they would be fought on the agenda of development across the country. “United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has failed in its endeavour to prove that it can work for the people of the country, as a result of which, it will have to face a crushing defeat in these elections,” Badal said, adding that the nation was witnessing a Modi wave.
The next list of SAD candidates for the parliamentary elections would be out soon, the deputy CM said, and claimed that the party would not contest from Haryana and New Delhi.
Talking about the deteriorating condition of Buddha Nullah, Sukhbir Singh Badal said its condition had turned from bad to worse over the time, due to release of effluents from factories. The nullah enters into Satluj and flows towards Malwa region causing cancer in the area, he claimed.
“With the help of CETP, which was a major demand of the dyeing industry, treated water would be used for agriculture purposes,” he said, adding, “During the seven years regime of SAD government in the state, a large number of people have been provided with clean drinking water, sewerage facilities and better roads. A large amount of money would be spent for more development across the state.”
Meanwhile, Badal's chopper, which landed at the site near Tajpur Road, became the centre of attraction for the locals.