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Punjab: A Blend Of Experience And Youth

Updated: December 28, 2013 2:50 pm

The present Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP coalition government in Punjab under the chief ministership of Parkash Singh Badal and the development orientation of the Deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal is a blend of experienced leaders and the energetic youth that is poised to restore the number one position of Punjab particularly in the fields of power generation, industry and agriculture.

Punjab is bubbling with fresh ideas of development eversince the unprecedented retaining of power by the coalition government in the last year’s assembly elections. Sukhbir Singh Badal has given a thrust to the development projects that were in the pipeline during the coalition’s previous term.

With his rare experience of being Chief Minister of Punjab for the 5th term, Parkash Singh Badal has provided Punjab the much required political stability that has not only restored confidence among the minorities but has also started return of the industry that had migrated elsewhere during the turmoil caused due to militancy coupled with absence of industrial-friendly atmosphere during the other regimes. Parkash Singh Badal was the youngest Chief Minister in the country when he occupied the chair for the first time in 1969. He started his political career in 1947. He was sarpanch of the village Badal and later Chairman of Block Samiti, Lambi, before rising into Punjab politics. He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 1957 for the first time. He was re-elected in 1969 serving as Minister for Community Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. He was the Leader of the Opposition in 1972, 1980 and 2002. He has been elected in Vidhan Sabha for total 10 times, 1957 and each election from 1969 till present except 1992, when he led a boycott of the state elections in February 1992 by the Akalis. He was minister in the Morarji Desai-led government at the centre in 1977. He held the portfolio of Agriculture and Irrigation.

While further consolidating the position of the party in Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh have introduced the SAD in a significant manner in the national capital of New Delhi, where for the first time the party bagged 3 seats in the recent Assembly elections and earlier for the first time won with a thumping majority the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee elections, thereby, throwing out the Congress-backed committee. This has helped expanding the SAD outside its traditional limits of Punjab.

The item on the top of the agenda of Sukhbir Singh Badal has been to make Punjab power surplus so as to achieve the goal of industrialisation, thereby, bringing prosperity in the state. His plan is of balanced development throughout Punjab where a high quality network of roads has been laid for this purpose. Two thermal power projects were recently inaugurated in Mansa and Rajpura that were poised to make Punjab self reliant in power. The recent mega meet of industrialists has given a fillip to the economic scenario as big industrial houses have decided to invest more than Rs.65,000 crore in Punjab. The Mittal’s refinery in Bathinda is also being expanded.

Sukhvir became the President of Akali Dal in January 2008. A year later in January 2009, he was made the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.

Besids, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of Sukhbir Singh, who is the Member of Lok Sabha representing the Bathinda constituency, is taking deep interest in making people aware of the importance of girl child and has launched an awareness campaign throughout Punjab against female feticide.

By SP Sharma

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