Anandpur Sahib: Returning to power for a record second successive tenure, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday announced free education for all girl students up to MA.
Earlier, the free education scheme was upto graduation.
Badal also announced extension of free bicycle scheme to girl students of 9th and 10th class.
Addressing a rally of SAD workers after paying obeisance at Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib here, Badal said the new SAD-BJP government would not indulge in "petty vendetta" politics.
He said he has come to the sacred soil of Khalsa (Sikh) birth place to seek the blessings of the Almighty and to vow that his government would focus on pro-poor and pro-development policies and make all efforts to fulfill the aspirations of people.
Congratulating the people, Badal said that besides making Punjab power surplus in the next two years the state government would focus on completing the unfinished tasks of the SAD-BJP government's last tenure.
Badal also announced the setting up of a world class sports stadium at Sri Anandpur Sahib besides announcing memorials in the memory of Bhai Jiwan Singh and Bhai Sangat Singh.
Later, at a press briefing, when asked about the number of BJP ministers to be inducted in the new cabinet, Badal said Akali DalҒs relationship with BJP was not political but it was emotional which was above of all these things.
Asked about reasons of Congress' failure, Badal said people had punished Congress for "record price rise, unprecedented corruption and its failure to provide security of life to its citizens".
SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government would intensify the war against those indulging in illegal drug trade.
He said SAD-BJP workers should not be complacent with the victory as they have to redouble their efforts to fulfill the aspirations of electorate.
He said focus of SAD-BJP government would be on improving civic infrastructure in villages and cities, governance reforms besides strengthening systems to tackle corruption.