Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday terms SAD-BJP’s thumping victory in local bodies elections as mandate for their government’s policies.
“It is a victory of constructive politics based on a vision of peace and communal harmony and on service of the people for greater progress and development in the state. It is a referendum on our performance as government. It is at the same time yet another defeat for politics of cheap political ethics, negative propaganda and destructive slogans such as ‘teaching a lesson’ to the opponents. The Congress has faltered yet again in assessing the mood of the people who want a positive agenda for development and disapprove of unseemly confrontation among their leaders,” Badal said.
Badal also thanked the voters and its leaders and rank and file of SAD-BJP alliance for ensuring the victory of its candidates through a peaceful and dignified democratic conduct.
“Our workers exercised great restraint the face of grave provocations from the Congress who talked a language of violence all through the campaign,” Badal said.
He also thanked the entire election machinery and the security staff for ensuring a peaceful, smooth, free and fair election in the state. “It was a difficult task in the face of provocative stance of the Congress but the officials acted with admirable combination of restraint, firmness and tact to steer through the challenge,” Badal added.
Badal regretted that all through the campaign, the Congress tried to whip up passions, gave open incitements to violence and tried to play its old card of divide and rule for cheap electoral gains. “All of this has been decisively rejected by the people once again,” he added.
The Chief Minster, however, said that victory brings its own burden of responsibility with it and assured the people of Punjab that his government would work even harder for the progress of the state and welfare of its people.
Meanwhile, SAD president and Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the Congress is no longer a stake holder in Punjab. “We had always maintained that Captain Amarinder Singh will do to the PPCC what Sidharath Shankar Ray had done to the Congress in West Bengal in the seventies. The Congress has never been relevant in West Bengal after Ray’s tenure as Chief Minister. That history has been repeated in Punjab,” said Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
He further said that it was a victory of substance over sensationalism. “It was sad to see Mr. Partap Singh Bajwa being called in merely to lit the funeral pyre of his party in Punjab. Bajwa presents a sad sight today. There was something ‘funeral’ about his campaign style and he seemed to be writing merely an obituary for his. His breast beating during the campaign has merely proved to be prophetic about the death of his party,” added Sukhbir Singh.