Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal today welcomed the Election Commission`s
announcement of poll schedule, saying the ruling SAD-BJP
alliance will register the "biggest victory" of his
In a statement issued here shortly after the announcement
of elections, Badal said, "Everything has gone as we wished. I
am really happy and thrilled as if this is my first election.
The political atmosphere in the state today indicates that
this will be the biggest victory of my career for the SAD and
Polling for the 117 assembly seats will take place on
Badal said the SAD-BJP alliance is set to go past its
figure of the 1997 Assembly elections when the two parties had
won 67 seats.
"We are set to go past even the 1997 figure. We have
ensured unprecedented development in the past five years and
everyone can see it. We have left the Congress with nothing to
talk about," he said.
Badal said the SAD-BJP alliance is poised for a massive
"The negative Congress campaign of mudslinging will
backfire on them. People want to know what their leaders have
done for them and what they will do in future. There is no
place for gutter propaganda which the Congress was hoping to
rely on," he said.
The youth and the educated classes will play a crucial
role in this election, Badal said.