Urging the people of Punjab to make a principled choice while favouring any political party during the forthcoming assembly elections,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the electorate should also take the decision after comparing the performance of the present SAD-BJP combine with the Congress tenure of 20 years in the state.
Badal said the Congress has always betrayed the state on every front,be it agriculture,industry or infrastructure development. The chief minister went to add that the Congress party was ungrateful to Punjab while sanctioning Centrally sponsored schemes,despite the state being the food bowl of the country.
Badal was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Guru Ravidass Ayurveda University in Kharkan. Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was also present at the function that witnessed a very low turn-out.
The chief minister also urged the NDA to mount pressure on the Congress-led UPA government to immediately roll-back the recent hike in fertiliser prices,that had doubled and for which the state assembly had unanimously passed a resolution in its just concluded session.
To corroborate his claim of unprecedented development in education and healthcare, Badal said the Centre had rated Punjabs health facilities and infrastructure as excellent. Likewise,he said the state had risen to third from 14th position in the development of education sector in India.
On the occasion,the chief minister appreciated the efforts of the Kharkan village panchayat for donating 33 acres of land free of cost for the establishment of the university and asked the Vice-Chancellor to impart free education to students from the village.
Meanwhile,senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said the Congress-led UPA may not complete its full term at the Centre. Asked to comment on the possibility of the mid term polls in the country, Jaitley said, It could or could not be but Congress-led UPA government may not last its full term because it has lost both the Centre of gravity and equilibrium.