Badal asks people to dislodge Cong from the Centre

Tohra: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said accelerated development of the state was not possible without dislodging Congress in the next general elections and forming a government of SAD allies at the Centre.

Addressing the gathering at a function to mark the death anniversary of former SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra, the Chief Minister termed the Congress party as the "number one enemy" of the state.

Accusing the Congress of meting out step-motherly treatment to the state, he said as a result of the party's "discriminatory policy", Punjab, which was once considered the most prosperous and advanced state of the country, now lags behind in many sectors.

He exhorted people to ensure defeat of Congress in the next Lok Sabha polls, saying it was not possible to speed up development in the state without forming a government of SAD allies at the Centre.

The Chief Minister claimed that the vision of SAD-BJP government has ushered in a new era of all round development in Punjab and the state government would leave no stone unturned to accelerate the pace of growth.

He reiterated that the need of hour was to ensure peace, communal harmony and amity in the state so that tempo on ongoing development could be maintained.

Badal lamented that some inimical forces were trying to mislead the people about SAD by using the Panthic Agenda. However, he said that, the SAD has always adopted the 'Panthic Agenda' as shown by the Sikh Gurus which include welfare of all sections of society, communal harmony and giving equal respect to every religion.

The Chief Minister said that raising slogans of hatred and adoption of warpath always could not be termed as 'Panthic Agenda'.

Terming the construction of historical memorials related to the Sikh history as biggest achievement of their previous regime, the Chief Minister said that soon a state of art memorial for depicting the role played by Punjabis in the freedom struggle of country would be constructed in the Doaba region of the state.