Asserting that protecting hard-earned peace, communal harmony and national integration was the main agenda of his government, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday claimed that certain forces, “inimical to the state”, were trying to disrupt the tranquility for “political gains”. “The main agenda of the SAD-BJP government is to safeguard the hard-earned peace, communal harmony and national integration,” he said.
In a reference to recent alleged acts of sacrilege in the state, he claimed that certain “anti-social” elements were constantly trying to disrupt peace and communal harmony in Punjab, but his government would not let them succeed in their design. As regards the Shiromani Akali Dal’s announcement of candidates for next year’s Assembly election, he said there was still a lot of time for the polls and it would be made at an “appropriate time”.
Addressing a Sangat Darshan programme, Badal said every region on the planet was gifted with one natural resource or the other and the inhabitants of a particular area had complete rights over the ones found there. He said nature has gifted water and fertile land to Punjab and accused the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of “constantly trying to rob the state of its waters”.
The Chief Minister claimed that if these parties succeeded in achieving their “objective”, it would hit the state’s economy, adding that not only farmers, but traders, labourers and all others would be affected as it was based on agriculture. Calling upon the people to be prepared to protect the state’s waters “at any cost”, Badal claimed that only the SAD had fought for Punjab’s rights and it would remain firm in its stance.
In a bid to increase the revenue of panchayats, he announced tubewell connections on priority basis for all lands owned by them.