Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that his father Parkash Singh Badal will head a SAD-BJP government if the alliance is voted to power in the 2017 Assembly elections.
Under the leadership of Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab government has implemented historic decisions to improve the cultural—socio—economic face of the State, Sukhbir Badal said while interacting with NRIs from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia at his residence .
Urging the NRIs to be wary of the alleged anti—Punjab and anti—Sikh propaganda being spread by Opposition parties, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “We will go to the people with our development agenda.”
He urged Punjabis worldwide to counter forces indulging in defaming and denigrating the image of the State by dubbing the Punjab as “bankrupt” and Punjabis as “drug addicts”.
He said the State’s gross domestic product during the previous Congress rule was Rs 5,04,937 crore while now it stands at Rs 13,51,348 crore.
Regarding revenue in VAT collection, he said from 2002—07, the state gained Rs 19,960 crore while during 2007—12, it rose to Rs 44,209 crore and from 2012 till now, the figure stands at Rs 62,706 crore.
Speaking about revenue receipts, the Deputy Chief Minister said the previous Congress government in its 5 year rule yielded only Rs 36,000 crore whereas during 2007—12, this figure was Rs 68,757 crore which rose to Rs 99,741 crore since 2012 till now.
He said Punjab has become power surplus state due to persistent efforts of present regime. In 2011, the power board stood at lowly 17th rank whereas in 2015 it was conferred ‘best power utility’ award.