At the Express Adda today, Badals to open up on what’s confronting them — and Punjab

The Express Adda is a series of unique, informed, informal interactions with people at the centre of change in our times.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2016 3:13 am
Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal

In 2012, when most people, including senior leaders of his own party, had written off the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)-BJP alliance, one person ensured they bucked strong anti-incumbency to not just retain power in Punjab, but return with an improved tally.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and SAD (Badal) president Sukhbir Singh Badal now stares at the challenge ahead as he plots the combine’s campaign strategy for the 2017 assembly elections in the state. He has to contend with a resurgent Congress and a determined Aam Aadmi Party.

Aware these are intensely challenging days, Sukhbir Singh Badal and wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Process and her party’s main voice inside Parliament, will interact with a select audience at the Express Adda in New Delhi Saturday.

Straddling the world of power politics at the Centre and the state, the couple will be in conversation with The Indian Express National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra and National Bureau Chief Maneesh Chhibber. They will talk about issues confronting Punjab, the terror attacks that are causing concern inside and outside the state, and how they are gearing for the assembly elections next year.

While Sukhbir Singh Badal has to fight off the Opposition and ensure that the alliance government delivers, especially in the run-up to 2017, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has to make her party voice heard in addition to her duties as a central minister.

The Express Adda is a series of unique, informed, informal interactions with people at the centre of change in our times.

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  1. K
    Jan 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm
    The current central Government is an utter failure. The economy is in terrible shape. This is despite the fact that the crude oil price dropping by 75%. Inflation is terrible. Instead of his fixing his Government's probelms, the dokhlabhai wants to inflame the pions of the community against the Nehru-hi family. What the poor people need is jobs, affordable food and services. But the dokhlabhai's focus is on the Nehru-hi family. Who to blame? The dokhlabhai's lack of education? His lack of confidence? Or just the love for caste and cow politics?
  2. S
    Jan 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    the end is near for the badals a family of petty crooks whos interest has always been to get into power at any cost going back 20-30 years the bjp who first joined forces with these anti nationals pretending to be sikhs will also fall by the wayside in 2017.
  3. R
    rajan luthra
    Jan 30, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    Whatever Badals may say or do, their credibility is at all time low. The immense damage they have done to the state shall not be forgotten by voters, come elections 2017. They will not only lose but lose it badly. They have eaten up the state of Punjab in a manner like termites
  4. R
    Feb 7, 2016 at 4:42 am
    10 people saying the Badal's are "bad" reeks of "khattey angoor". This minuscule minority does not represent the will and spirit of the people of Punjab