EVEN AS the political slugfest over the film Udta Punjab intensifies bringing the spotlight on Akalis’ handling of drug menace in the state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is going about doing what he likes best — holding sangat darshans through which he believes he connects with the people better than in the hurly-burly of an election campaign.
From his assembly constituency Lambi in Muktsar district to villages in Amritsar, and from SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema’ Ropar constituency to Nakodar in Doaba, Badal is right now on a sangat darshan spree.
The hottest month of the year June is no deterrent either for the octogenarian.
The Udta Punjab controversy has come at a time when the SAD-BJP combine is preparing for the Assembly polls where major challenges it faces include its nine-year rule anti-incumbency and mounting criticism over drugs menace in Punjab.
Beisdes, the major alliance partner SAD has angered its “Panthic constituency” over the desceration incidents following which Badal, had even toned down his sangat darshan programmes.
However, in the run-up to polls, the CM is likely to intensify his contact with public.
Having already covered Nurpur Bedi in Cheema’s constituency, Badal will be in Fatehgarh Churian for three days of sangat darshan beginning Thursday.
Badal has in this month already held sangat darshans in Lambi and Amritsar.
Eleven more sangat darshans are lined up beginning tomorrow in the three regions of Punjab, the Majha, Malwa and Doaba.
From June 14 to 16, Badal will hold sangat darshans in Malout for three days. He will go to Khemkaran on June 22, followed by two such programmes in Nakodar in the next two days.
He will be in Amritsar again this month, visiting Raja Sansi for sangat darshan on June 28 and 29.
Badal is learnt to have instructed the party leaders of respective constituencies to be “pro-active” to reach out to the people and panchayats and make them show up at sangat darshans for the redressal of their problems.
Cheema has had to do a marathon exercise for mobilisation in the villages which were to be covered under the sangat darshans at Nurpur Bedi.