Punjabi Suba 50th anniversary: At closing ceremony, SAD-BJP sounds poll bugle

Shah, Jaitley praise CM Badal, say Centre will help alliance govt.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Published:November 2, 2016 10:40 am
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SAD and BJP, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Punjabi Suba movement, sounded the alliance’s poll bugle in Amrtisar on Tuesday. Punjab will go to polls next year. BJP national president Amit Shah and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley showered praise on their host Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for developing Punjab and both promised more support for the state in case the alliance returned to power.

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In his address, Jaitley said, “There were a few instances when alliance partners were in power both in state and Center. Such relationships witnessed unparallel development due to synergy between both the governments.”

“Whenever history would be written, 1984 would be remembered as year of destruction and the current era would be best remembered as year of reconstruction by one and all,” he said. “The 1984 anti-Sikh carnage, frequent dismissal of democratically elected governments, menace of terrorism and several other misdeeds by the Congress spoke volumes of its dubious character.”

Praising CM Badal, Jaitley said, “Even during such times Badal stood like a rock as a custodian of state’s rights thereby thwarting the nefarious designs of Congress. He also kept the alliance of SAD-BJP.” He said that Punjab witnessed complete transformation during the current regime. “The support from the central government for the state government will double if SAD-BJP returns to power in the state.”

Amit Shah congratulated every Punjabi on this historic occasion and said, “I bow my head in reverence to great Gurus, saints and seers of this sacred land who have blessed it with an aura of divinity, spirituality and brotherhood.”

“Credit for the firm and everlasting alliance between SAD-BJP goes to vision of the Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Towering personality of Badal earned respect from every one irrespective of political affiliations. Those people who were hell bent upon tarnishing the image of Punjabis deserve no leniency at all, what to talk of casting votes in their favor rather they should be shown the door in ensuing polls,” he said.

Chief minister Parkash singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir singh Badal also asked people to vote for alliance.

“You have to make decision for your fate. I promise you that your income will double if we come back to power,” said Badal.