Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the victory of the SAD in the Khadoor Sahib by poll would be a victory for development and would lay the foundation for an SAD-BJP win in the 2017 assembly elections.
Addressing gatherings at village Deenewal, Pakhoke, Bagrian, Pandori Golla, Sanghe, Naurangabad,Vein Puri, Tur and Pheloke, the SAD president urged the people to vote in party candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura with a record margin of one lakh votes to give a befitting answer to opposition parties who had chosen to run away from the fray. "The huge victory margin besides being a referendum on the policies and working of the SAD- BJP government, will also teach a lesson to both the Congress and AAP which has disrespected the electorate by boycotting the by poll", he added.
He said soon there would be a further influx of funds in the rural areas with Rs 4,000 crore being earmarked for upgrading streets and drains in the State.
Mr Badal said similarly the maximum recruitment in government jobs had occurred during SAD- BJP rule. He said in direct contrast to a total ban on government recruitment during the previous Congress government, one lakh youth had been given government jobs already by the SAD- BJP government and another 1.20 lakh would be recruited in six months.
Mr Badal said the SAD was a party of the people of Punjab and the representative voice of the Sikhs worldwide. He said in direct contrast the leaders of the AAP party were outsiders and rank opportunists who had created anarchy in Delhi. He also urged the people to compare the dichotomy in the statements of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal before and after he came to power. "Kejriwal swore on the head of his son that he would not have any post poll alliance with the Congress but did just that. He also claimed that his MLAs would work in honorary capacity but he has hiked their salary from Rs 25,000 per month to Rs two lakh per month", he added.
The SAD president also urged the people to beware of the Congress and its former MLA Ramanjit Sikki who was playing politics over incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahab.
Mr Badal announced that once voted back to power the SAD- BJP government would build concrete streets and drains in all 12,000 villages in the State. Others present at different public meetings included MP Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Cabinet ministers Mr Bikram Singh Majithia, Jathedar Tota Singh and Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon.