Badal: No plan to return to Central politics

DW CORRESPONDENT

Chandigarh

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has reiterated that he has no plans to return to the Central politics and vowed that he will continue to serve Punjab and its people till his last breath.

Replying to a media query on his likelihood of contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to return to the Central politics and play an important role in the formation of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Akali stalwart said he was more eager to serve Punjab than going back to the Central politics, which he had quit long time back.

Terming the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as the only secular political party in the country, Badal said that the party has given due representation to each and every strata of society.

Talking to media on the sidelines of the first day of his sangat darshan programme in Bathinda on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that it was a fact that the SAD was following the footsteps of the great Sikh Gurus, who have taught them the message of communal harmony, love, brotherhood, peace and above all of egalitarian society with pure secular character. ÔÇ£It is due that we have always tried to give adequate representation to all the sections of society in the party fold and even in the state government,ÔÇØ he claimed.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Badal said that sangat darshan programme was a very fruitful exercise as it brought the government virtually at the doorsteps of the people. He said that the people were highly benefitted from this move as they were able to get their pending issues resolved immediately. ÔÇ£The sole aim of this entire exercise was to give boost to the ongoing development process in the state,ÔÇØ he stressed.

The Chief Minister further said that due to the stupendous efforts made by the state government, massive development has taken place in Bathinda due to which the district has undergone considerable transformation during the past few years. However, he said that still lot was to be needed for facilitating the residents of this historic city due to which all out efforts were being made by the state government.

Badal said that in order to have better understanding of all the problems of the city, he has decided to hold sangat darshan for two consecutive days in Bathinda.

The Chief Minister also stated that the state government was totally working on a constructive agenda to ensure the overall development of the state. He said that due to the concerted efforts of the state government, Punjab, despite being a border state, has become the most peaceful state in the country.

Badal reiterated the commitment of the state government to promote peace, communal harmony and amity in Punjab, which was the topmost agenda of the SAD-BJP alliance government.

Later, the Chief Minister, accompanied by his Lok Sabha MP daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of sewerage project in Teachers Colony.

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