Chandigarh: The ruling Shiromani Akali
Dal, which in alliance with the BJP notched up a historic win
in the Punjab Assembly election, on Tuesday thanked the people for
reimposing their faith in the combine.
The election results were an endorsement of pro-poor,
pro-people and development-oriented policies of the SAD-BJP
government, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy
Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
Promising to carry forward the development agenda, the
two leaders, in a statement, said the combine was committed to
fulfil all the promises made to the people in the election
"This fresh pro-development attitude of the electorate
was a positive signal for Punjab," SAD patriach Badal and
party chief Sukhbir said.
They alleged the state was ignored during the five-year
rule of the Congress from 2002-2007.
Reiterating their commitment to carry forward the
development agenda, they said their first task was to make
Punjab power surplus.
Ensuring a minimum 8-hour power supply to the farm
sector and completion of the unfinished task of reforms were
their top priorities, the two leaders said.
Seeking cooperation of the people, they said "we have
to work collectively to make Punjab the number one state in
The SAD-BJP alliance stormed back to power for a second
straight term in Punjab, breaking a 46-year-old jinx.
Bucking the anti-incumbency trend, the Shiromani Akali
Dal (Badal) bagged 56 seats and its alliance partner BJP 12 in
the 117-member House.