Muktsar: Launching a scathing attack on Congress and Aam Aadmi Party ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday exhorted the people to make a firm pledge to re-elect the SAD-BJP alliance to continue the development works in the state.
Addressing the party's political conference at Maghi Mela here, the chief minister said that on this sacred occasion every Punjabi must vow to re-elect the alliance for a third consecutive term so that the ongoing work of development could be accomplished.
Badal said that due to the pro-people and development oriented policies of the state government, Punjab was on the zenith of development and peace.
He said this could be sustained only if the SAD-BJP alliance was voted to power.
Recalling the legacy of his Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the chief minister reminded the people that the party had relentlessly worked for safeguarding the interests of the state. Whereas, "other political parties have harmed the interests of the state for their own motives", he said.
Coming down heavily on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the chief minister said it was a "bunch of fugitives and rumour mongers" who were trying to grab power by misleading Punjabis.
The leaders of AAP were basically "braggers" who were trying to divert the attention of the people of the state from basic issues, he said.
He said Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal was not aware of even basic topography of the state but he was dreaming to capture power by raising hollow slogans. "Kejriwal is totally unaware of rural life of the state and he cannot even differentiate between the varieties of crop," he added.
Terming Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh as an "indisciplined soldier", Badal said despite his claims that he had served as an Army Captain, Amarinder has not learnt anything from the highly disciplined force.
Badal said an army man never disobeys his seniors but Amarinder "arm-twisted" the entire Congress high command to grab the captaincy of Congress.
Badal said that despite two consecutive debacles, Amarinder was clinging to the post of the state Congress chief which, he claimed, was not a trait of any soldier.