Crucial Jalalabad Elections-2009 for SUKHBIR BADAL
By Rashmi Talwar
The Jalalabad MLA By-Elections where Punjab’s ‘short-fall’ Former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal is testing his skills (alleged goondagardi..) to win over the electorate, after the dismal scenario of power-cuts in the state, during two- years of Akali-BJP rule, would indeed be interesting to watch in more ways than one.
- Sukhbir Badal ? Power surplus or POWER DEFICIT?
Sukhbir Badal boasted of making Punjab “Power-Surplus” state.
Loki kende ne —He misspelt it in English he meant — Punjab would soon be a “POWER –DEFICIT” or Better still “POWER-LESS” state!
- Sukhbir Badal ? Shortage of coal to blame?
After the misspelling blunder, that no doubt, rejoiced the electorate then, Sukhbir Badal ‘s reality has now come to haunt Punjabis.
So, he squarely blamed the center for reducing coal allocation to Punjab’s Thermal Plants, for all the power shortage woes and all other ills that Punjab faces. Does he remember to pay bills for the coal purchased?
Loki kende ne :—Hun muh te kala ho hi chuka hai …hor ‘kola’ (coal) ki karna hai?
- CM changes strategy, sings paeans to Sikh PM
Sukhbir’s father and Chief Minister Punjab who indulged his “paternal pleasures” and installed his son Sukhbir Badal as Deputy Chief Minister of state, only to see him being pulled down post 6 months of the grand coronation in Amritsar, has this time, changed his tune.
Given the poll debacle of 2009 Member of Parliament elections, suffered by his SAD_BJP combine, he is singing paeans in the praise of first Sikh PM Dr Manmohan Singh.
Only last year, the CM was ready to “Pull-down” the same Sikh PM, over the nuclear issue, in the vote of confidence motion in Parliament.
He even banished the so-called ‘traitor’ in his cabinet Sukhdev Singh Libra for having voted for the PM .
Libra of course, won the MP seat on the congress ticket with an added sheen of ‘conscientous sikh’ and stuck his tongue out at the Akalis!
Being a strategist, the senior Badal knows that the PM factor played massively in MP elections especially in Manmohan Singh’s hometown where a ‘towering’ sitting BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu won by a ‘thin’ margin to his opponent Om Parkash Soni of congress.
Thus, this time around Sr Badal has chosen to attack a less sentimentally-attached-personality-to-Punjabis– Sonia Gandhi –. For all the “ills” faced by Punjab he blamed the Sonia hand and praised the PM to skies with an obvious eye on votes for his son, in the oncoming polls.
- Loki kende ne :—- Vote lene hone te PM , ‘Sikh’ PM ho gaya…….wese kende ne ki PM ne apne hometown vaste, matrie maa (step-Motherly treatment) varga saluk kita ..Kia change of tune hai ! (the haven of politicians)
Tailpiece:—– Loki kende ne :—What remains to be seen is by what vote margin Sukhbir badal wins , if he does?
He is already demoted to fight as MLA from an MP seat holder.
His wife Harsimrat Kaur won by 1 Lakh margin of votes and now holds an MP position.
“Sari Akali baraat Bathinda le ke Harsimrat nu jataya, hun sare baraati Jalalabad ch dera pange!!!