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August, 2008



Baba Bakala (Amritsar) August 16, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sounded a bigul for the next Lok Sabha elections and reiterated his firm resolve that SAD –BJP alliance would wipe out the Congress from the state by capturing all the 13 seats in the state.

Addressing a massive gathering here on the auspicious occasion of Rakhar Puniya, Mr. Badal said that the faith reposed in the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party by the people of Punjab in the last Assembly Elections and subsequently in Municipal Corporations, Block Samities, Zila Parishads, Panchayats and Municipal Committees elections had clearly given a signal that the people of Punjab were fully satisfied with the programmes and policies of SAD-BJP government in the state.

Lashing at the Congress for its apathic and discriminating attitude towards Punjab the Chief Minister said that it had always betrayed Punjab on every front, be it agriculture, industry and even on the infrastructure development. He said that Central policies were inimical for the interests of Punjab and they deliberately devise stringent parameters for the eligibility of the centrally sponsored schemes and grants. He cited an example how Punjab was excluded from the schemes like construction of link roads and rural electrification. The Chief Minister further lamented the callous attitude of Government of India for not even acknowledging Punjab's record contribution in the National Food Pool. He said Punjab after exhorting all its natural resources in terms of ground water and texture of soil had kept its national commitment but what we had gained in return, asked Mr. Badal. He once again called upon the people of Punjab to join their hands with SAD-BJP government to emerge Punjab as a number one state in the country and root-out the ill-will of Congress Party to destablise our state.

On this occasion President SAD Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal while unfolding the plans for over all round development and progress in the state, said that Punjab would be transformed from a power deficit to power surplus state within next three years. He mentioned that three new thermal plants at Rajpura, Mansa, and Giddherbaha would be set up in the state to overcome the shortage of power supply in the state. He hoped that the day was not very far off when Punjab would be selling extra Power to the other states. He said that as on today our State was short of 30% of power and would soon augment the power supply in a phased manner. He said Once Punjab becomes self reliant in power consequently it would kick of industrialization at a quicker pace. Mr. Sukhbir Badal categorically said that industrialization was the only answer to get rid of state's stagnated economy because agriculture had already reached a point of saturation.

Perominent amongst those who spoke on the occasion included Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Mr. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Co-operation Minister Capt. Kanwljit Singh, Member Parliament Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member Parliament Mr. Rattan Singh Ajnala and Mr. Manjinder Singh Kang, MLA.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains .

Earlier, Mr. Badal after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, inaugurated Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Stadium constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.42 crore by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and also laid the foundation stone of flats for the staff of Gurdwara Sahib.


Chandigarh August 16, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today conducted an aerial survey of flood affected areas in the Ferozepur district to have first hand information about the damage cause due to the incessant rains in the state over past few days.

According to the Chief Ministers' Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains who also accompanied the Chief Minister during this aerial survey said Mr. Badal alongwith Co-operation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh flew over the flood affected areas for about 45 minutes.

Mr. Bains informed that the vast areas were submerged and villages at a stretch lay inundated in the water at most places people were perched on the roofs.

A visibly upset Chief Minister immediately after landing in Amritsar spoke to the Ferozepur Civil authorities and directed that efforts for rescuing the beleaguered villagers should be conducted on a war putting.

He also spoke to the local MLA and Irrigation Minister Punjab Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon to muster the support of social religious organizations for organizing langer and provide all the basic necessities of life immediately to the affected people . The Chief Minister assured that the substantial damage cause to crops, poverty and shops would be fully compensated by the state government and reiterated that not a single life should be lost. The Chief Minister also directed the district administration to make elaborate arrangements to provide free treatments to the flood victims.

Meanwhile the army had been called out to aid the district civil administration to fight and the menace of floods and to speed up the on going rescue operation. About 25 boats had been pressed into service to evacuate the marooned people to the safer places.

The Chief Minister asked the army to provide more such boats to carry out the rescue operation more effectively.
The Chief Minister would also conduct on aerial survey of the flood affected areas in the Hoshiarpur district this afternoon, added Mr. Bains.



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