Former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, whose party suffered a shocking defeat in Assembly polls, has said that his party “gave people too much to eat” while in power. Speaking over the defeat, Badal said: “It is like if someone eats too much, he ends up vomiting. So we actually gave people too much to eat.” Badal, who is the president of Shiromani Akali Dal, said that people will realise the value of his party after suffering drought for 5 years. SAD, along with its long-time alliance, BJP lost the elections miserably coming third. In what appeared to be an arrogant statement from a politician’s part, Badal added that people did not understand the difference between good and bad until they acknowledge things. Badal, rather than accepting the defeat, put the blame on people’s head and voters did not acknowledge the good works of his party. Badal was accompanied by SAD leader Mantar Singh Brar, who urged people to ask the Indian National Congress to deliver on their promises of loan waiving and job opportunity for every family.
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The outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had said that SAD will soon convene a meeting to analyse the reasons behind its defeat in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections. Congratulating the Congress on its victory in the polls, he assured that his party will support the new government if it works in the interest of the people and the state. “We will call a meeting of the party in which we will discuss the reasons (behind the defeat in the polls),” Badal had said
On the AAP accusing the Akalis of helping the Congress win in the polls, Badal, rejecting the allegations, said the SAD had always fought against the party for meting out a “step-motherly” treatment to Punjab. “So the question does not arise of helping the Congress,” Badal said.