The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has promised to provide 400 units of free electricity to every domestic customer in Punjab. The party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal proclaimed a slew of promises in light of the upcoming state assembly elections.
Badal has promised to implement quotas in the private sector, reserving 75% of human resources for the residents from the state. The will is in line with the recently passed Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020 that entails all the companies having their offices in the state to hire 75% of the resources from the state.
SAD’s chief Badal while rolling out 13 point charter of initiatives, announced hosts of freebies and schemes to woo the voters of Punjab ahead of the assembly election.
His 13 points initiative includes a reservation for women, free electricity and doing away the outstanding bills of blue card holders apart from restoring their electricity connections snapped due to non-payment of bills, free education for students belonging to SC, increasing medical facilities, regularising contractural employees and others.
SAD in its charter of initiatives mentioned providing Rs 2000 per month to female heads of the BPL families. Interestingly, Badal promised to grant a Rs 10 discount on diesel for agricultural purposes.
The Govt will also bring in a Minimum support price for vegetables and fruits and prohibit the implementation of three agricultural laws passed by the centre.
SAD will be contesting the upcoming Assembly Election in Punjab in alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). It broke 25 years old alliance with BJP over the farm laws.
In 117 assembly seats, SAD will contest on 97 seats while the BSP will contest on the rest 20 seats. Earlier, BJP used to filed candidates in 23 seats and the rest by the SAD.
The SAD has 15 MLAs in the current assembly, and it was pushed to third place in the 2017 assembly election. The AAP with 20 MLAs edged the SAD to become the main opposition party in Punjab.
Both SAD had allied with the BSP in the past for the 1996 Lok Sabha election where the alliance convincingly won 11 of the 13 Lok Sabha seats.