Sukhbir promises free electricity to Haryana farmers if voted to power
AMBALA: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday promised to provide free power to farmers in Haryana, on the pattern of Punjab, if his party is voted to power in the state assembly elections later this year.
Addressing a public rally here, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief asked Punjabis to unite to help the party form the next government in Haryana.
“The SAD is going from village to village across the state to unite Punjabis. I urge you to also create awareness about the unique social welfare initiatives started in Punjab by Parkash Singh Badal. All these initiatives will be replicated in Haryana also,” the SAD president said.
Farmers will be provided free power if the party forms the government in the state, he added.
Currently, farmers in Haryana are provided subsidised power for irrigation.
The SAD will contest the parliamentary and assembly polls in Haryana independently.
Urging Punjabis not to divide their votes, Badal said their issues could be addressed only if the SAD comes to power in the state.
He said the party was committed to making each village a model village by ensuring 100 percent sewerage and water supply. “We will implement this in Haryana once we form the government in the state,” he said.
Dubbing the Congress as the biggest enemy of the Sikh community, Badal said the SAD had fought relentlessly to ensure justice to the 1984 riot victims
Sukhbir alleged that attacks were made on the members of the Sikh community under the tenure of former Haryana chief ministers Bhajan Lal and Bansi Lal.
SAD MLA Balkaur Singh, who had joined the JJP recently but returned to the Akali fold the next day, was also present at the rally.
SAD’S Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Dera Bassi MLA N K Sharma and party’s Haryana unit chief Sharanjeet Singh Sotha also attended the event.
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Meanwhile, 20 people were arrested by the Ambala city police for holding a protest ahead of the rally.
DSP Ambala city Ajit Kumar said that the police had detained the protesters for blocking the path of the rally. They were released after the rally.
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SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal at a public meeting in Ambala on Saturday.