Published On : Fri, Jan 27th, 2017

PM fist-thumps Badal: You will rarely see a person like him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public gathering in Jalandhar, Punjab, ahead of the assembly polls, scheduled for February 4. Highlights…

— On the one hand, we have preparations for Basant Panchami, and on the other, preparations are being done for Punjab’s future as the state is about to go to elections.

— This is the land of bravery, courage, one that has given great leaders and visionaries.

— This is the land of sacrifice: warriors’ blood and farmers’ sweat.

— There are many states but there is something special that makes Punjab stand out.

— This is a land of givers.

— There are people who are putting all their efforts into defaming Punjab. For their selfishness and greed for power and they are going to every extent to ruin Punjab’s image.

— For such people, I appeal to you all to punish them all for speaking about this great land in bad light.

— Even in its worst phase a few decades ago, no one ever spoke ill of Punjab.

— But today, it is a shame to see people stoop so low as to speak ill of Punjab only for their personal benefits.

— You all can see how the Congress is collapsing across the country.

— They are desperate for power. Their desperation is like a fish without water.

— Badal sahab has always been true to Punjab. He has always given his best.

— Punjab would love to see him lead Punjab toward development, and a better future.

— Friends, the Congress is in real bad shape. They are being opportunistic. They are going from state to state – be it Bengal or Bihar – and now even in UP, when they saw there was a family dispute. They can go to any extent for the power of the chair.

— When there were tensions between Hindus and Sikhs, when others were playing politics, it was Badal sahab who worked day and night, gave his sweat and blood to unite the Hindus and Sikhs. You will rarely come across a gem like him.

— I see how actively Badal sahab participates for the benefit of Punjab. He frequently discusses Punjab’s development with me.

— The people of India don’t go hungry, thanks to the farmers of Punjab.