CHANDIGARH: Assuring his government would move ahead in the spirit of conciliation and cooperation, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said there should be an ``end to past bitterness, vendetta and confrontation''.

He also announced a complete overhaul of the police department by changing its ``inhuman'' mindset, alleging it had become highly political during the previous Congress regime.

``Punjab is coming out of a long dark period. Everything has to be built afresh. It needs united efforts of everyone, including the opposition Congress, to take the state forward on the path of peace, prosperity and development,'' he said while replying to the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to Governor S F Rodrigues' address.

"No vendetta"

He said there would be ``no political vendetta'' and his government was committed to all-round development of the state irrespective of party affiliations of elected representatives.

Clarifying his stand on the river water issue, Badal accused the Centre of meting out ``step-motherly treatment'' to Punjab but made no mention of the scrapping of Section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act.

Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in her address charged the Govt. with indulging in witch-hunting and referred to Ludhiana City Centre case registered against 18 persons.