Hoshiarpur, November 23

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to disclose whether he had implemented a single promise which he had made in Punjab in Delhi.

The SAD president, who addressed a number of functions in this constituency in favour of Sohan Singh Thandal, asked Kejriwal to prove his sincerity by first implementing the promises he was making in Punjab in Delhi. “If you do not do this no Punjabi will believe anything you say”, Mr Badal said while asking Kejriwal why he had not given an allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to all women in Delhi, why 300 units of power had not been provided in Delhi to consumers, why new hospital had been established in the national capital and why only contractual employment was being offered to the youth and none was regularized till now”.

Speaking about the guarantees Kejriwal had given to the people of Delhi, Mr Badal said “Kejriwal promised that he would not join politics but reneged on it”. He said similarly Kejriwal had gone back on his guarantee not to have any truck with the Congress party, not to live in the chief minister’s bungalow and not to take a salary. “Kejriwal even guaranteed that he would establish a Lokpal in Delhi in 2013 but has not done this till now”.

Asserting that the AAP was in such a state that it could not trust any Punjabi or even its State Convener to give any guarantee to the people, the SAD President said “even what Kejriwal is stating now is a direct copy of the 13 point programme released by the SAD in August this year”. He said people would never believe Kejriwal as all his schemes had failed in Delhi. “Be it the much hyped Mohalla clinics or the 300 units free power facility which is withdrawn in case a consumer consumes a single unit more, all AAP schemes in Delhi are propaganda exercises only”.

When queried about the Congress party and announcements being made by chief minister Charanjit Channi, Mr Badal said “earlier the Congress party made promises to the Punjabis by swearing an oath on the Gutka Sahib but did nothing for four and a half years”. He said the Congress party knew that it had failed to deliver on any of the promises made to the people. “This was the reason why Mr Channi was made the chief minister a few months before the elections in the hope that the anti-incumbency against the party would be subsumed. Now Mr Channi is resorting to lies and deceit to woo the people despite knowing that he cannot deliver anything”.

The SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal received a rousing reception at the entrance of Chabbewal, from where hundreds of youths belonging to YAD and SOI escorted him throughout the tour.

While campaigning for Sohan Singh Thandal, the party president addressed various public meetings in the constituency. He also attended a congregation at Dera Sant Baba Puran Das Ji at Kalewal Bhagtan to mark 23rd death anniversary of Sant Baba Sewa Dass Ji.

Among others, Surinder Singh Bhulle Rathan, Jatinder Singh Lali Bajwa, Varinder Singh Bajwa, BSP candidate from Hoshiarpur Subhash Parihar and BSP leader Advocate Palwinder Singh also accompanied the SAD president.EOM

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