Sri Muktsar Sahib/January 15
Taking a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister’s failure to implement his poll promise of holding ‘Janta Durbar’ for redressing the grievances of people, Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that Arvind Kejriwal should learn the basics of this program from him as he had been holding the ‘Sangat Darshan’ ever since the inception of his political career.
Addressing the gathering during Sangat Darshan program of Lambi assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said that Kerjriwal has failed because this interactive program for redressing the public complaints could be successfully held by only those public representatives who are well aware of the problems of the masses.
“There is a huge difference between Sangat Darshan and Janta Darbar as in the former the public representatives go to the people whereas in the latter the people go to the rulers,” Badal said.
Taking a strong exception to the nomenclature of Janta Durbar, Badal said that the Durbars were held by the Kings whereas in Democracy, Sangat Darshans were conducted by the representatives of people for the prompt solution of public grievances.
Describing Kejriwal as the creation of media, the Chief Minister said that it was ironical that the media was giving huge coverage to the meagre subsidies announced by the Delhi Chief Minister whereas they were not throwing any light on the Rs 6000 crore subsidy annually given by the Punjab government to bail out the farmers of the state. He bemoaned that for the reasons best known to them, the media was shying away from highlighting the pro-poor welfare schemes of the state government like the Atta-Dal, Dr. Hargobind Khurana, Mai Bhago Istri Vidya and others.
Badal said that it was on record that every program of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was more or less an emulation of the policies and programs started by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) decades back but unfortunately they have not been given the credit for taking these pro-people initiatives.
While lashing out at the Congress led UPA government; the Chief Minister said that this government will go down in the annals of the Indian polity as the most corrupt and inefficient government. Holding the UPA government guilty of ruining the farmers of the state, he said that due to the exorbitant hike in agriculture inputs coupled with the non remunerative MSP, the peasantry of the state was on the verge of economic disaster. Mr. Badal said that on one hand SAD-BJP government has started a number of welfare schemes for the well being of weaker and disadvantaged sections of the society and on the other the Congress has always misled them by showing ‘green pastures’.
Making a scathing attack on the Congress leaders for projecting their Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party, the Chief Minister said that a mad race was going on between the entire Congress leadership to score brownie points before the Nehru-Gandhi scion. He said that there was a huge leadership crisis in the Congress party due to which they were ready to accept anybody as their leader.
“Can the Congress leaders tell me what was the ability of Rahul Gandhi except the fact that he was a member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty,” questioned Badal.
Sri Muktsar Sahib/January 15