Day before SAD chief’s election,CM says Sukhbir proved his mettle

A day before SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal is likely to be unanimously elected to the post for a second term in a row,his father Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said his deputy has proved his mettle by passing every “litmus test” as the head of the party

Written by Express News Service | Gurdaspur | Updated: April 8, 2014 3:35 pm

A day before SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal is likely to be unanimously elected to the post for a second term in a row,his father Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said his deputy has proved his mettle by passing every “litmus test” as the head of the party.

Speaking to mediapersons here on the sidelines of the third and concluding day of a sangat darshan programme in Sathiali village at Qadian,Badal said: “The most difficult test for any political leader,as the head of a party,is the performance of his party in elections… By ensuring SAD’s second consecutive win in the Assembly elections and victories in Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls and state bypolls,Sukhbir has proved his ability as the chief of the party.”

Refusing to comment on whether Sukhbir would be re-elected as SAD president,Badal said: “SAD is a democratic party and its president will be elected by party delegates,who will meet tomorrow.” As many as 445 delegates of the SAD general council elect the party president. Sukhbir was the 20th SAD president when he was elected last time.

Asked about the condition of the state’s economy,Badal said: “The government was not mortgaging even a single property of the state to avail loans so that meet it can meet its routine administrative expenses.”

He added: “The government is committed to ensure the state’s overall welfare but no such step will be taken which was against the interest of Punjab. However,almost every country was adopting the route of development loans. There is no harm in it…”

Claiming that the government was spending Rs 1,700 crore to upgrade and strengthen the rural road network,Bada said: “Every nook and corner of the state will be covered under this ambitious scheme. The government was also making efforts to provide basic civic amenities to the people living in rural areas so that they can be at par with urban areas.”

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