During a day-long Sangat Darshan in Muktsar town area Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal targeted AAP and the Congress over their stand on the SYL canal issue.
He said both parties were “hatching a conspiracy to snatch the river waters of Punjab.”
Badal also faced protests from Congress workers at Muktsar-Jalalabad road where 15 Congress men were arrested by the police as they tried to disrupt the Sangat Darshan. Congress workers, led by Sharanjeet Singh Sandhu, district chairman of the Congress’s Kisan Cell, along with a few others, burnt jute bags used to fill wheat in Mandis. Sandhu said in mandis, farmers were being cheated and being paid less. “On an average, half a kilogram more wheat is being filled in each bag. We protested against this move,” said Sandhu.
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The protesters then started marching towards the venue of the sangat darshan, where they were arrested.
The CM announced grants to the tune of Rs 80 crore for the town area of Muktsar, his home district. Of this, Rs 25 crore was for upgrade and revamp of power infrastructure, Rs 38.42 crore for project of water supply, Rs 10.46 crore for sewerage system and so on.
The CM, in his address, said the people not to fall prey to the “malicious propaganda of the AAP and Congress.”
On Bhagat Singh
In reply to a query regarding the ‘wrong’ portrayal of martyr Bhagat Singh in some books, Badal Chief Minister said it was “most unfortunate and miserable.” He said, “Shaheed Bhagat Singh was among the most revered freedom fighters in the country… He sacrificed his life at the altar of national freedom struggle at a young age.”