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Badal expands atta-dal scheme

The UPA’s food security scheme seems to be giving sleepless nights to the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the state,as the entire SAD conference at the annual Chhapar mela in Dakha constituency of Ludhiana revolved around the atta dal scheme.

The UPA’s food security scheme seems to be giving sleepless nights to the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the state,as the entire SAD conference at the annual Chhapar mela in Dakha constituency of Ludhiana revolved around the atta dal scheme.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said at the meet,“We already have the atta dal scheme,the UPA’s food security scheme is just a copy. We have provided benefits to 15 lakh families already through the atta dal scheme,now it will be extended to 30 lakh families.”

He added,“The rates will be further subsidised as well. While we are giving wheat at Rs 4 a kg and pulses at Rs 20 a kg,the UPA has planned to subsidise only wheat.”

According to Badal’s announcement,the reduced prices will attract 30 lakh beneficiaries in the next Lok Sabha elections.

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The CM,while asking for votes,laid emphasis on “NDA’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi”,saying “let the alliance win all the 13 seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls”. He added,“Modi and even Rajnathji never say no to my words,so funds will flow like water in Punjab,which are now blocked by the Centre in one or the other way.”

A few days ago,Badal had stated that the states who had a deal (sauda) with the Centre were getting funds while the rest were left high and dry. Today he indicated that only with the NDA government in power would the funds flow in Punjab.

State’s finances

Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal were seen giving explanations to the masses that the state was far from a financial crisis. While Sukhbir stated that the state is in a comfortable condition and was even paying Rs 6,000 crore per annum worth of power bills of farmers to PSPCL,the CM said,“Aukhe sokhe (with difficulty),by whatever means we are paying your power bills but keeping power free for all you farmers. Otherwise Rs 90,000 per annum would have been a minimum power bill for an average farmer.”

Communal riots

Former Union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia compared the recent Muzzarfarnagar riots with the anti-Sikh 1984 riots. He pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had run to Uttar Pradesh and and accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for communal riots without proof,but failed to take responsibility for the 1984 riots where more than 4,500 people were killed.

Poverty

Blaming the the Congress for poverty in the country,Badal said,“Had there been no poverty,there would have been no need for the atta dal scheme that I am running for the past many years.”