Amritsar: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday lambasted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) calling it a "novice party" which does not care about either the tenets of any religion or security of nation.
Addressing media persons at Darbar Sahib, he said the act of releasing videotape regarding parliament security details on the social media by AAP MP Bhagwant Mann amounts to "endangering the security" of august apex house.
"Had any MP belonging to the SAD committed such a blunder, the party would have taken strict action but the AAP leadership has sprung up to the defence of its parliamentarian instead of initiating any action against him which signifies AAP links with separatist forces," he said.
Sukhbir said such elements are trying day in and day out to defame Punjab and Punjabis but the SAD-BJP government would not let it happen.
The deputy CM said dope tests would be conducted on around 7 lakh youths who have applied for police recruitment and the results of which would be a tight slap on the face of anti-Punjab forces who were hell bent upon to defame Punjabis.
On the issue of various parties challenging SAD-BJP government in 2017 assembly polls, he said the state government would counter the challenges of opposition with hard facts on various development centric initiatives which would speak for themselves.
"SAD-BJP government would contest next year's assembly polls on developmental plank and the alliance would definitely score a hat-trick," he said.
Regarding various development oriented projects currently underway in Amritsar, he informed that majority of them would be completed by October.
First Published On : Jul 24, 2016 16:44 IST