SAD ropes in Congress’s poster boy Budh Singh for youth rally

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Param­preet Singh Narula param­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

THE YOUTH AKALI DAL, LED BY FOR­MER MIN­IS­TER BIKRAM SINGH MA­JITHIA, ON THURS­DAY PAID ₹3.8 LAKH TO BUDH SINGH AFTER HIS NAME DID NOT FIG­URE ON GOV­ERN­MENT’S BEN­E­FI­CIARY LIST

The poster boy picked by the Congress for its loan-waiver scheme, be­came a hero for Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD), after the party brought him at a first youth rally held in Goraya on Satur­day ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The Youth Akali Dal (YAD) led by for­mer min­is­ter Bikram Singh Ma­jithia, on Thurs­day, paid ₹3.8 lakh to Budh Singh after his name did not fig­ure in the gov­ern­ment’s ben­e­fi­ciary list even as he was the poster boy of the Congress’s loan-waiver scheme ‘Karja kurki khatam, fasal di puri rakam.’

Budh Singh, who was shar­ing a seat with Ma­jithia, Phillaur MLA Baldev Singh Khaira and other YAD lead­ers, was also given chance to ad­dress the gath­er­ing to express grat­i­tude to­wards the SAD party for waiv­ing off his en­tire debt.

Ma­jithia, who was here to ad­dress youth at the grain mar­ket, started his rally from the main chowk in Goraya on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

While ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Budh Singh said, “De­spite the fact that I was the first per­son to fill the loan waiver scheme form in the pres­ence of chief min­is­ter (CM) Cap­tain Amarinder Singh, who vis­ited my home, my name was not fig­ured in the ben­e­fi­cia­ries list even after two years. The SAD party has waived off my en­tire loan.”

Re­act­ing on jail min­is­ter Sukhjin­der Singh Rand­hawa’s state­ment, who de­manded en­force­ment direc­torate’s (ED’s) in­ter­ven­tion to probe source of funds given to Budh Singh by Ma­jithia, the lat­ter claimed that it was youth vol­un­teers’ con­tri­bu­tion.

Ma­jithia said, “I thought that Rand­hawa will express grat­i­tude to­wards me for clear­ing the debt of Budh Singh after the Congress gov­ern­ment failed to keep its prom­ise, but in­stead he de­manded in­quiry.”

“I gave a chal­lenge to Rand­hawa to in­quire the source of money given to Budh Singh but only in one con­di­tion that if I come clean, he should re­sign from pol­i­tics.”

Tak­ing a dig at smart­phones to be dis­trib­uted to youths as promised by the Cap­tain gov­ern­ment be­fore the assem­bly polls, Ma­jithia said, he got to know that the smart­phones, which the gov­ern­ment has or­dered are Chi­nese low-qual­ity prod­ucts and that the phones could burst any­time while charg­ing.

Ma­jithia also took on Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi over the phony crop loan waiver scheme ini­ti­ated by him cit­ing that Rahul is also play­ing pol­i­tics on this is­sue. “The Congress pres­i­dent has the time to visit the fam­i­lies of six farm­ers, who died in Mad­hya Pradesh two times in the space of one year but does not have time to visit even a sin­gle fam­ily of the 700 farm sui­cide vic­tims in Pun­jab.”

He also con­demned Rahul Gandhi for try­ing to im­ple­ment a fake loan waiver scheme ini­ti­ated by him in Pun­jab and other states.

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