Badal confident of victory,lauds deputy for success in polls

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said SAD was confident of winning the Moga bypoll,counting for which will take place on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Tarmala (muktsar) | Updated: April 17, 2014 2:04 pm

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said SAD was confident of winning the Moga bypoll,counting for which will take place on Thursday.

Badal,who took part in a sangat darshan programme at Muktsar,said winning had become a habit for the party. “This was the voters’ mandate in favour of pro-people and development oriented policies of the SAD. We are highly indebted to the masses for reposing confidence and trust in the SAD time and again,” he said.

Lauding the role played by Deputy Chief Minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal in ensuring election victories,Badal said: ‘The deputy chief minister has worked very hard in all these elections to ensure emphatic triumph of the SAD. The same will happen even in this bypoll as well.”

Later,speaking to mediapersons,Badal urged the Centre to immediately release funds for tackling the grave problem of waterlogging in Punjab. “A high-level expert group constituted by Union Rural Development Minister Jai Ram Ramesh to study the waterlogging crisis in Punjab had already submitted its Detailed Project Report to the Cabinet after visiting the state. Now,the DPR was lying with the Planning Commission. Its early clearance was required for issuing funds to solve this crucial problem. These funds must be released immediately to tackle this problem,” he said.

He added that the Centre must realise that waterlogging was not only an economic problem but had far reaching social and administrative implications. “It was on record that infrastructure has been destroyed in waterlogged areas due this problem. As much as three/fourths of the total waterlogging prone area in the state was in Muktsar district with almost 50 per cent of these zones falling under Lambi Assembly segment,” said Badal.

Asked about a criminal case being filed against former Patiala Mayor Jaspal Singh,Badal said: “The guilty will not be spared at any cost. The law of the land will take its own course in the case.”

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