Punjab: Day after Pargat Singh’s letter slamming him, Dy CM Sukhbir Badal calls him a ‘nice man’

A day after SAD MLA Pargat Singh wrote to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with scathing criticism of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, the latter called him a nice man.

By: Express News Service | Jalandhar | Published:August 7, 2016 3:05 am
Punjab Dy chief Minister Sukhbir singh Badal talking to media after meeting with BJP president Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley at Shah residence in new Delhi on Tuesday. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey. 09.02.2016. Punjab Dy chief Minister Sukhbir singh Badal talking to media after meeting with BJP president Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley at Shah residence in new Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

A DAY after SAD MLA Pargat Singh wrote to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with scathing criticism of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, the latter Saturday called him a “nice man”.

Replying to queries of mediapersons on the second day of sangat darshan for villages falling under Balachaur constituency, Sukhbir said, ”Pargat is a nice man. I am fond of him as I brought him into politics and gave him the ticket to contest in 2012.”

When asked about Pargat’s letter to the CM, in which he complained that Sukhbir was running the party in a “dictatorial” and “arrogant” manner, the Deputy CM said ,”I cannot stoop that low.”

Sukhbir also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party, calling it a “rabidly anti-Punjab party” that was “hobnobbing with radical elements”.

He said AAP’s source of funding needs to be thoroughly probed by the central government, and the party would meet the same fate as PPP in the coming Assembly polls, plagued as it was with internal feuds.

He also dismissed the Congress’s challenge, saying the party was no match for the development agenda launched by the SAD-BJP government.

Citing some of the development measures taken by his government, Sukhbir said the Kandi canal, which would be completed shortly at a cost of Rs. 540.24 crore, would help irrigate 60,000 acres of land. The Deputy CM also announced that Rs 50 crore would be spent on ensuring 100 percent water supply to Balachaur, a volleyball academy would be established here and a skill centre would be made operational in every block.

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