SAD–BJP WILL WIN ALL
THE 13 LOK SABHA SEATS IN NEXT ELECTIONS –BADAL
Baba Bakala (Amritsar) August 16, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sounded
a bigul for the next Lok Sabha elections and reiterated his firm
resolve that SAD –BJP alliance would wipe out the Congress
from the state by capturing all the 13 seats in the state.
Addressing a massive gathering here on the auspicious occasion
of Rakhar Puniya, Mr. Badal said that the faith reposed in the
Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party by the people of
Punjab in the last Assembly Elections and subsequently in Municipal
Corporations, Block Samities, Zila Parishads, Panchayats and Municipal
Committees elections had clearly given a signal that the people
of Punjab were fully satisfied with the programmes and policies
of SAD-BJP government in the state.
Lashing at the Congress for its apathic and discriminating attitude
towards Punjab the Chief Minister said that it had always betrayed
Punjab on every front, be it agriculture, industry and even on
the infrastructure development. He said that Central policies
were inimical for the interests of Punjab and they deliberately
devise stringent parameters for the eligibility of the centrally
sponsored schemes and grants. He cited an example how Punjab was
excluded from the schemes like construction of link roads and
rural electrification. The Chief Minister further lamented the
callous attitude of Government of India for not even acknowledging
Punjab's record contribution in the National Food Pool. He said
Punjab after exhorting all its natural resources in terms of ground
water and texture of soil had kept its national commitment but
what we had gained in return, asked Mr. Badal. He once again called
upon the people of Punjab to join their hands with SAD-BJP government
to emerge Punjab as a number one state in the country and root-out
the ill-will of Congress Party to destablise our state.
On this occasion President SAD Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal while
unfolding the plans for over all round development and progress
in the state, said that Punjab would be transformed from a power
deficit to power surplus state within next three years. He mentioned
that three new thermal plants at Rajpura, Mansa, and Giddherbaha
would be set up in the state to overcome the shortage of power
supply in the state. He hoped that the day was not very far off
when Punjab would be selling extra Power to the other states.
He said that as on today our State was short of 30% of power and
would soon augment the power supply in a phased manner. He said
Once Punjab becomes self reliant in power consequently it would
kick of industrialization at a quicker pace. Mr. Sukhbir Badal
categorically said that industrialization was the only answer
to get rid of state's stagnated economy because agriculture had
already reached a point of saturation.
Perominent amongst those who spoke on the occasion included
Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Mr. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura,
Co-operation Minister Capt. Kanwljit Singh, Member Parliament
Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member Parliament Mr. Rattan Singh Ajnala
and Mr. Manjinder Singh Kang, MLA.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Media Advisor Mr.
Harcharan Bains .
Earlier, Mr. Badal after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Guru
Tegh Bahadur Ji, inaugurated Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Stadium constructed
at a cost of Rs. 1.42 crore by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee
and also laid the foundation stone of flats for the staff of Gurdwara
BADAL CONDUCTS AERIAL SURVEY OF FLOOD
IN FEROZEPUR DISTRICT
Chandigarh August 16, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today conducted
an aerial survey of flood affected areas in the Ferozepur district
to have first hand information about the damage cause due to the
incessant rains in the state over past few days.
According to the Chief Ministers' Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan
Bains who also accompanied the Chief Minister during this aerial
survey said Mr. Badal alongwith Co-operation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit
Singh flew over the flood affected areas for about 45 minutes.
Mr. Bains informed that the vast areas were submerged and villages
at a stretch lay inundated in the water at most places people
were perched on the roofs.
A visibly upset Chief Minister immediately after landing in
Amritsar spoke to the Ferozepur Civil authorities and directed
that efforts for rescuing the beleaguered villagers should be
conducted on a war putting.
He also spoke to the local MLA and Irrigation Minister Punjab
Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon to muster the support of social religious
organizations for organizing langer and provide all the basic
necessities of life immediately to the affected people . The Chief
Minister assured that the substantial damage cause to crops, poverty
and shops would be fully compensated by the state government and
reiterated that not a single life should be lost. The Chief Minister
also directed the district administration to make elaborate arrangements
to provide free treatments to the flood victims.
Meanwhile the army had been called out to aid the district civil
administration to fight and the menace of floods and to speed
up the on going rescue operation. About 25 boats had been pressed
into service to evacuate the marooned people to the safer places.
The Chief Minister asked the army to provide more such boats
to carry out the rescue operation more effectively.
The Chief Minister would also conduct on aerial survey of the
flood affected areas in the Hoshiarpur district this afternoon,
added Mr. Bains.