BATHINDA, April 19 :The Congress candidate from Bathinda Parliamentary Constituency, Raninder Singh today said, the Akalis had double standards and were ungrateful to the highest degree. He pointed out, while the Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal has no qualms in going begging to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for every big and small issue in Delhi, here in Punjab he and his party keep on telling people that he (Dr Manmohan Singh) had done nothing for Punjab.
Addressing a series of public meetings in different villages in the Sardulgarh Assembly segment, Raninder Singh pointed out, every now and then the Chief Minister is in New Delhi seeking appointments with Dr Singh for various aids and concessions for the state using all the pleas of a Punjabi and a Sikh Prime Minister with him, but when he comes back home, Badal and other Akalis try to make out as if Dr Singh had done nothing for Punjab.
S Raninder Singh pointed out, not only each and every Punjabi, but every Indian is proud of Dr Manmohan Singh. “Dr Manmohan Singh is an economist of repute, who is consulted by policy makers from the US and Europe and it is an honour to have him as our Prime Minister”. He further added “it was the duty of each and every Punjabi to ensure that the son of the soil is returned as the Prime Minister”.
While appealing to the people to strengthen the hands of Dr Manmohan Singh, he pointed out, Dr Singh had enhanced the pride of Sikhs. “Dr. Singh is a man of integrity, eminent economist, gentleman, humble and soft-spoken…nobody can point an accusing finger towards him”, he said, while adding, “his contribution towards the development of Punjab can not be ignored”.
Listing his contribution towards Punjab he pointed out, “beside releasing liberal funds for strengthening the infrastructure at Amritsar Airport, a new International Airport has been sanctioned for Punjab at Mohali-Chandigarh, two Central Universities (at Amritsar and Bathinda) and one IIT at Ropar have been allocated to Punjab, Guru Gobind Singh Marg has been sanctioned from Talwandi Sabo in Punjab to Nanded (Maharashtra) passing through five other states”.
“These are just few examples and the list is too long”, S Raninder Singh said, while asking Akalis to, “at least be honest and fair to the man who has always given you due respect and honour despite your disrespect and ingratitude towards him by voting against his Prime Ministerhsip in the Parliament”.