Free power for farmers if voted to power: Sukhbir Badal

Addressing a public rally here, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief asked Punjabis to unite to help the party form the next government in Haryana.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday promised to provide free power to farmers in Haryana, on the pattern of Punjab, if his party is voted to power in the state assembly elections later this year.

Addressing a public rally here, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief asked Punjabis to unite to help the party form the next government in Haryana.

"The SAD is going from village to village across the state to unite Punjabis. I urge you to also create awareness about the unique social welfare initiatives started in Punjab by Parkash Singh Badal. All these initiatives will be replicated in Haryana also," the SAD president said.

Farmers will be provided free power if the party forms the government in the state, he added.

Currently, farmers in Haryana are provided subsidised power for irrigation.

The SAD will contest the parliamentary and assembly polls in Haryana independently.

Urging Punjabis not to divide their votes, Badal said their issues could be addressed only if the SAD comes to power in the state.

He said the party was committed to making each village a model village by ensuring 100 percent sewerage and water supply.

"We will implement this in Haryana once we form the government in the state," he said.

Describing the Congress as the biggest enemy of the Sikh community, Badal said the SAD had fought relentlessly to ensure justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

"The SAD doggedly pursued the cases of the 1984 accused and it is because of our efforts that Sajjan Kumar has been incarcerated for life," he said, while promising that other accused would also meet the same fate.

SAD Haryana in-charge Balwinder Singh Bhundur said the party would hold its next rally at Sirsa on February 17.

Speaking at the rally, senior SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the party could emerge as a force in Haryana.

He said Sikhs across the country and the world looked up to the SAD to resolve all problems being faced by the community. 

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