Patiala: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ruled out any possibility of allowing Sikh radicals to hold ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (congregation of Sikhs) at Talwandi Saboo tomorrow, apprehending law and order situation in the state.
“A handful of self-styled leaders are hell bent upon holding Sarbat Khalsa for hatching conspiracies to derail the process of development and peace in the state and push it back to turbulent times,” he alleged.
“The state government cannot not allow these divisive forces to hold Sarbat Khalsa as it could jeopardise the law and order situation in the state,” Badal told reporters on the sidelines of his Sangat Darshan programme at Tohra village.
He said his government was committed to preserve the law and order at any cost besides strengthening the social fabric and maintaining peace, communal harmony and brotherhood.
Meanwhile, police continued its crackdown on radicals across the state by taking them in preventive custody to prevent any law and order problem, officials said.
On the objective of Moga rally tomorrow, Badal said its theme ‘Save Water, Save Punjab’ aimed to sensitise the people about the gravity of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal situation besides exposing the alleged black deeds and anti-Punjab stance of Congress leadership on the inter-state issues, especially the river waters from day one.
He alleged that Congress had always betrayed Punjab and its people on every matter, be it political, social, economic or religious and said the SYL issue was an outcome of the party’s apathetic attitude towards Punjab.
“We don’t have a single drop of spare water to share with anyone and nor there is any question and neither there is any need for the construction of SYL canal,” he said.
The Chief Minister cautioned the people to beware of the alleged nefarious designs of Congress leadership which, he claimed was shedding crocodile tears over SYL issue by tendering resignations as a drama just to garner mass support ahead of the Assembly polls in 2017. To a question about the possibility of granting interim
relief to government employees in the wake of 6th Punjab Pay Commission, the Chief Minister said the state government would take a final call after due deliberations with the current Pay Commission.
On the issue of reported raid by Vigilance Department on an engineering college at Jalalabad run by the family of SAD MP from Ferozepur Sher Singh Gubaya, he said he was not aware of it, though he asserted that Gubaya was just like a family member and party did not have any differences with him.
Earlier, addressing public gatherings during the Sangat Darshan programmes at Tohra, Bahdson, Nabha and Chittanwala, he said the unprecedented development and pro-people policies of the ruling alliance would certainly help return the state government into power for the third consecutive term with a thumping majority.
The Chief Minister dared Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh to list a single achievement during his tenure as Chief Minister from 2002 to 2007 and alleged that his government was credited with ruining the state’s economy with the decay of industry, agriculture and allied sectors.
He said on the contrary, his government had made all efforts to put the derailed economy back on the track.
Seeking people’s support for the SAD-BJP alliance during the upcoming Assembly polls, Badal appealed to them not to be swayed by the alleged false propaganda of Congress whose ultimate goal, he claimed, was to satiate their lust for power not to serve the people.
The Chief Minister further said another chance to the ruling alliance would help the incumbent government to accomplish its unfinished agenda of overall development and prosperity in the state.