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Rahul Gandhi biggest enemy of Punjab: Sukhbir Badal

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said Rahul Gandhi is the “biggest enemy” of Punjab for “branding” the state’s youth as drug addicts and claimed the Congress vice-president has given enough proof of being “anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh”.

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2016 20:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal interacting with media in Amritsar on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is the biggest enemy of the state for he is defaming its youth as drug addicts. “By doing so, Rahul has proved that he is anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh,” Sukhbir said in Amritsar on Sunday.

He said if the Congress leader really believed in what he was talking, Rahul should make the Youth Congress workers go through the dope test. “The result of the test should be taken as the ground reality on drug menace,” he said.

Read: Only 16,000 drug addicts in Punjab, AAP-ruled Delhi worse off: Sukhbir

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Interacting with mediapersons at the information centre here after paying obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib along with his wife Harsimrat Kaur, Sukhbir claimed that Punjab had touched newer heights of prosperity under the SAD-BJP regime. “Leaders of the Congress and other opposition parties are spreading lies and maligning the image of Punjab. How can Punjabis, known for bravery and producing food to satiate the hunger of the entire country, be branded as drug addicts?” Sukhbir said.

Attacking the Congress, the junior Badal said the truth was out with the notice to PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh over family’s accounts in foreign banks, besides other assets overseas.

Reiterating his stand on SYL canal issue, the deputy chief minister said there never was a need for this canal and Punjab would never share its water even if sacrifices were to be made.

Commenting on the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders making a beeline for deras, Badal said every party had its own game plan for elections. “Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s and my plank is development for which we are working hard,” he said.

Reviews development projects’ progress

After paying obeisance at the Darbar Sahib, Sukhbir reviewed the progress of some local development projects—Town Hall, beautification of area around Harmandar Sahib, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), city entry gate—and instructed the officials concerned to complete them within deadline. He said the holy city would get a different look once the projects were complete.

Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam, commissioner of police Jatinder Singh Aulakh, Akali leaders Gurpartap Singh Tikka, Navdeep Singh Goldy, Ajaibir Pal Singh Randhawa, Rajinder Singh Marwaha and others were also present.

First Published: Mar 20, 2016 18:04 IST