"Punjab today is the most peaceful and the fastest developing state in the country. We are committed to preserve the peace and maintain the pace of development in the years to come," he said.
    
The Chief Minister, in his new year statement here, noted that despite the "vicious propaganda by our opponents", the government was able to take every challenge head-on with the never-say-die Punjabi spirit.
    
"This resolve will mark our functioning in the new year too," he said. "In 2015, peace and communal harmony were put under severe strain by some rejected and cynical elements who were desperate to gain political relevance by taking political advantage by creating an atmosphere of suspicion, uncertainty and bitterness," he said.
    
Badal noted that such elements tried to revive their 'divide and rule' card during this year and did not spare even the holy Shri Guru Granth Sahib from their political opportunism and adventurism.
    
"But the SAD-BJP responded with vigour and commitment and successfully mobilized the Punjabis to defeat those forces and save Punjab from being pushed back into the dark era of the 1980s and 90s," he said.

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