There is a price for everything under the Channi government: Rajyavardhan Rathore

Addressing a press conference here, Rathore who was accompanied by Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh and Punjab BJP General Secretary Subash Sharma said: “Everything has a price under this government… You pay for that and you get it”.

Rathore alleged that Punjab has experienced gradual industrial and agricultural decline over the years due to poor governance. “The state is currently run by the drug mafia and the sand mafia,” he said.

The BJP MP said that Punjab had lost its former glory which was reflected in the achievements of stalwarts like Dara Singh, Milkha Singh and Abhinav Bindra among others.

Calling on people to vote wisely in the upcoming polls, he said: “You have everyone’s record with you and you have to do the right thing.” He added that this election will have a long-term impact on the state.

Referring to the work of the Union government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rathore said if elected to power, a BJP-led government in Punjab would put the state on the same path of progress.

The top BJP leader said that the current state government is not only corrupt but also a complete failure. The state has suffered from the discord between Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress Speaker Navjot Singh Sidhu, he added.

The prime minister has a particular fondness for Punjab and Punjabis, Rathore said, adding that Modi ensured the punishment of those responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He said it was the Prime Minister who announced that December 26 would be observed as ‘Baal Veer Diwas’ in memory of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh.

Stating that Punjab needs an honest and efficient government, he said, the state faces multiple challenges such as a debt of almost Rs three lakh crore.

Rathore said that for the first time, Punjab is witnessing a multi-faceted contest.

Blaming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for claiming to make Punjab drug-free, he said the AAP government had opened liquor sales outside every school in the nation’s capital.

Richard L. Militello