PHAGWARA: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today claimed that his state is the most "peaceful" state in the country and there was no "threat of terrorism" to it.
"Punjab is the most peaceful state in the country there was no threat of terrorism in the state as Punjab police have nabbed terrorist modules not only from here but also from abroad," Mr Badal said.
He also attacked the Congress by asking people to give a befitting reply to the "defame Punjab campaign" launched by the party.
The Deputy Chief Minister also said Punjab was fighting national as well as international war on drugs and not a single gram narcotics is being produced in the state.
About the rallies organized by former Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh, he said "Amarinder is only fighting for personal goals to capture the captaincy of PPCC from Partap Singh Bajwa and his programme has nothing to do with the common people of the state".
On the proposed domestic flights from Adampur and Halwara defence airports, he said he had met Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in this regard, besides appointing a senior officer at New Delhi to pursue the proposal submitted by the Punjab Government to the Union Ministry.
Talking about the uniformity in VAT on petroleum products in Northern states, the Deputy Chief Minister said it had already decided in principal by Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and UT Chandigarh few months ago to fix uniform VAT on diesel and petrol in adjoining states to check evasion of taxes and oil smuggling.
Taking a dig at the opposition for raising hue and cry over the promises made by SAD-BJP government, he said "I believe in think big and achieve big".
He said "when I had made a promise that Punjab would be the first power surplus state about 4 years ago than the opposition parties made it a matter of joke but today we can proudly say that Punjab has archived its target" adding he said in next 8 months Punjab would have 5000 MW surplus power.
He further said that now the next target was fixed to connect all major cities with 4/6 lanes with investment of Rs. 20,000 crore in next 2 years which mainly includes 4/6 laning of Ludhiana-Chandigarh, Jalandhar-Chandigarh, Jalandhar-Moga and Amritsar-Bathinda.
He said all these projects would witness implementation on ground in next 2 months as tender process has already been started.