Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) goverment, stating that the state had allocated Rs 700 crore for fake publicity, even as farmers and the disadvantaged sections of the society were suffering with crop damage compensation and direct seeding incentive not having trickled down to them.
The SAD president on Thursday held a number of meetings in Ludhiana and even constituted a four member panel of observers — consisting N K Sharma, Paramabans Singh Romana, Pritpal Singh Pali and Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna — to shortlist probables for the municipal corporation elections.
Badal, while alleging that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was drunk on power, said, “The CM has allocated an unprecedented 42 vehicles for his own cavalcade and enforces a virtual curfew at every place that he visits. All promises made to the people have been forgotten with the entire government functioning at the whims and fancies of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal.”
He added that the chief minister’s own credibility and standing had also taken a huge hit when he was caught lying about BMW setting up a car manufacturing plant in Punjab and after being allegedly deplaned in Frankfurt because of being in an inebriated condition.
Stating that Rs 700 crore had been earmarked for advertising, Badal said public funds were being used to further the agenda of AAP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and even in southern states, like Tamil Nadu.
The SAD chief said that the AAP was wasting money to further their agenda even as compensation for crop damage, incentive of Rs 1,500 per acre for direct seeding of paddy as well remuneration of Rs 2,500 per acre for not burning stubble remain unpaid to farmers.
Stating that everyone was suffering, Badal said most social welfare measures in Punjab had come to a grinding halt. He said registries had come to a grinding halt and that construction activity was also stalled due to high rates of sand and gravel.