MOGA: Asserting that the Badal family had ruthlessly plundered the state, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday said that Badals will have to pay for their sins against the state and its people.
Addressing a gathering here at the local grain market, the Chief Minister, accompanied by President of Punjab Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu, said that Badals had a hand in each and every misdeed against Punjab. He said that cable mafia, drug mafia, sand mafia, transport mafia and others, all thrived under the misrule of Badals adding that this mafia looted the wealth of Punjab.
CM Channi said that the patronage of Badals to all these mafias ruined the state but now they have to pay back for their sins adding that the day is not too far.
The Chief Minister said that now that they have started to crack down on the mafia patronised by Badals they are running pillar to post to save them. However, he said that the sins of the Badals are unpardonable and they will be made accountable for their acts of omission and commission. CM Channi said that ED action against cable mafia owned by Badals is a welcome but a delayed decision.
The Chief Minister while making a scathing attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that this ‘rumour monger’ politician has a desire to rule Punjab due to which he is bent upon to mislead Punjabis. He unequivocally said that Kejriwal and company must remember one thing that history is witness to the fact that Punjabis love their land and people adding that neither they had ever allowed nor they will permit any outsider in future to rule their state. CM Channi said that the Delhi model is non-existent whereas the Punjab model of Congress is delivering its best to people.
While quipping on Kejriwal, the Chief Minister said that he is not even aware of the basic topography to state. Throwing a challenge to Delhi Chief Minister, he asked him to differentiate between ‘Gulli Danda’ and ‘Bandar Killa’ the two traditional games of state. CM Channi categorically said that the dream of Kejriwal and company to loot Punjab will never realise.
The Chief Minister, while striking an emotional chord with the people, said that he hails from a common family so he understands their problem well. He said that every step of his government aims at the well being of the common man. CM Channi said that the government is of the common man, for the common man and by the common man.
The Chief Minister reiterated that an elite and unholy nexus of politicians across party lines had excluded power from the common man just to loot Punjab. He said that the members of this elite group have a common bond in form of their own vested interests and loot of the state adding that they have been ill fully doing this so by enjoying the fruits of power in a game of musical chairs where the ruler changes after every five years but power remains in their hands. However, CM Channi said that now this nexus has been broken and the power is with the common man.
The CM Channi said that he was fortunate that Congress leadership has bestowed him this service to serve the state. He said that I am working to resolve the issues that are faced by every common man of the state. Listing the several pro-people initiatives taken by his government, he said that Power bill arrears worth Rs. 1500 crore have been waived, Power rates for domestic consumers have been reduced by Rs. 3 per unit, Bills to the tune of Rs. 1200 crore have been waived off in respect of motors in rural areas, water charges brought down to Rs. 50, Rates for sand have been reduced to Rs. the Punjab Government is bearing Rs. 35 as part of cost-sharing out of increased Rs. 50 of Sugarcane prices while the private mills now only have to bear Rs. 15. CM Channi said that not only this but several other path breaking decisions will be taken in coming days too.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister announced the setting up of a nursing college in Baghapurana along with constructing a stadium in the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He also announced the upgrading of two existing hospitals in Baghapurana along with grants for Guru Nanak College and Sports Academy. CM also announced to accord Sub Tehsil status to Smadh Bhai.
Welcoming CM Channi and Sidhu, MLA from Baghapurana Darshan Singh Brar said that he had no words for thanking the leaders for coming to this constituency. He said that with both these leaders at helm of affairs the prestige of workers has been restored. Brar also thanked the Chief Minister for showering grants to his segment.
Meanwhile, AAP MLA from Raikot Jagtar Singh Jagga joined the Congress party while saying goodbye to the Aam Aadmi Party. Both CM Channi and Sidhu welcomed him into the party fold.
Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Member Parliament Mohammed Sadiq, MLAs Darshan Singh Brar, Kulbir Singh Zira, Satkar Kaur and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi.