Sunam, May 9 : Calling for a united vote to wipe out the Akalis, who had shamelessly resorted to sacrilege to polarize communities ahead of the Assembly polls, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said this land of martyrs was an inspiration for those who had sacrificed themselves for an India that belonged to all religions and communities.
Addressing an election rally here in support of Congress Sangrur candidate Kewal Singh Dhillon, Capt Amarinder made an emotional appeal to the people not to let Narendra Modi and his BJP destroy India’s biggest strength – its unity.
Vowing not to spare the Badals or anyone involved in trying to divide the people of Punjab through desecration of the holy scriptures of various religions, the Chief Minister said they would have to pay for their sins, including the firing on peaceful and unarmed people protesting against sacrilege cases.
Paying his tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh, Capt Amarinder said the freedom fighter’s selfless sacrifice remains an inspiration for Indians even today.
He recalled the incident of Udham Singh keeping a bottle of the blood-soaked Jallianwala Bagh soil next to his pillow, for years, out of sheer grief at the tragic killings of innocent Indians. Those people were of a different mettle, he said, exhorting people to ensure that the India of their dreams is not destroyed by communal forces.
The nation was passing through difficult times and these Lok Sabha elections would decide its future by choosing between those engaged in communalizing politics and those desirous of building the secular India of the dreams of the freedom fighters, he said. Modi and his men were breaking the strength of the nation and usurping the achievements of the armed forces as their own, for furthering their political interests, he said, quipping that as an Army officer he had served Indian forces and not Modi’s forces.
Attacking Akali Dal Sangrur candidate Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Capt Amarinder squarely blamed the former Punjab finance minister for the fiscal crisis faced by the state and the additional debt burden of Rs 31000 crore he had put on the coming generations in the state.
The Akalis ruined the state, lamented the Chief Minister, declaring that his government would complete the farm debt waiver process for the 10.25 lakh small and marginal farmers, as promised. “If we can do it despite the fiscal crisis in Punjab, why could Prakash Singh Badal not do it,” he asked, pointing that while all states were trying to help their farmers the relief provided by his government was the maximum.
However, he reiterated that debt relief was only a temporary measure and in toto implementation of the M S Swaminathan Commission report was the only solution to the woes of the farmers across the country.
His government, Capt Amarinder said, was doing its best to ease the unemployment problem by facilitating jobs in government, private and self-employment. In the government sector, there are still 1.2 lakh vacancies, which were left unfilled by the Akalis as they diverted and squandered resources, said the chief minister adding that these jobs would be given to the youth of Punjab in phases in the coming year.
Asserting that he had broken the backbone of the drugs mafia, as he had vowed to do, the Chief Minister said the SIT and Punjab Police were in pursuit of the big fish and were working closely with other north Indian states to track and nab them.
The promise of smart phones to aid youth in education was also on way to being fulfilled, Capt Amarinder said, adding that the first batch of such phones would be distributed soon after these elections.(UNI)