Deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, visited the town on Tuesday to ensure his party’s victory in the municipal committee elections, and also the assembly bypoll.
Although officials said Sukhbir came to pay obeisance at the historical Shiv Mandir in Ranike village and the Mullowal Gurdwara, sources confirmed to HT that the SAD leader reviewed the party’s position and also met finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Dhuri constituency in-charge Gobind Singh Longowal and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member, Bhupinder Singh Bhalwan.
“The SAD-BJP alliance is intact and we will sweep the civic body polls in the state,” Sukhbir told reporters outside the Shiv Mandir.
He added that the poll results would be a befitting reply to the “rejected” Congress party and other political outfits “as the wise electorate of Punjab would put their stamp of approval on our pro-people policies.”
Although Sukhbir was in the town for barely half an hour, his visit is being seen as significant in view of the SAD’s poor record in this municipal committee.
Only one candidate is contesting on the party symbol although the party is supporting independents on 13 seats. Moreover, the party is also leaving no stone unturned to win the byelection, due after the Congress MLA Arvind Khanna resigned for unknown reasons. A victory in Dhuri will enable the SAD to get an absolute majority in the state assembly, and could embolden it to break the bindings of the coalition government with the BJP.
Meanwhile, Sukhbir also said the state government has been taking various initiatives to install solar power projects in different belts of Punjab.
He said it was matter of immense pride that world renowned companies from United States, England and Italy were landing in Punjab to invest `13500 crore for solar power projects.