Warning that he would not spare the conceited and shameless Badals for dividing and plunging Punjab into a state of total devastation to promote their family and political interests, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday promised a `nawan sawera’ (new dawn) in the state by snatching away all the assets looted by the Akali leadership in the past 10 years and utilizing them for the welfare of the people.He declared that he would take away all their buses and give them to the unemployed youth. Captain Amarinder said the overall decline in the state on all counts, from economy to agriculture and industry, was a matter of serious concern, requiring immediate corrective steps.Captain Amarinder was addressing a series of election meetings in Dharamkot, Moga, Bagha Purana and Bathinda Urban. With the respective candidates, namely Sukhjit S Kaka Lohgarh, Dr. Harjot Kamal, Darshan Singh Brar and Manpreet Singh Badal, by his side, the PPCC president took all the four assembly segments by storm, with huge crowds cheering him on as he launched an aggressive attack against the Akalis and the Aam Aadmi Party.In Bathinda, senior Ajkali leader Gurjant Singh Kuttiwal and several AAP leaders joined the Congress and extended their full support to Captain Amarinder in these elections.Pointing to the devastation wreaked on the state by the Badals, Captain Amarinder said this was no time to experiment with a new political dispensation as the state needed urgent intervention by an experienced leadership.
Captain Amarinder took on the Badals, and their associates Bikram Singh Majithia and Tota Singh, as well as Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), for their nefarious designs against Punjab and its people. He declared that only the Congress could bring the state back on the track of progress, and rescue the people from the misery and wretchedness in which they had been living for the past 10 years.He lashed out at Parkash Singh Badal for seeking another term to loot the people of Punjab after having brought the state to the brink of complete ruin and bankruptcy.The state had been left reeling under a multi-crore debt and a huge budget deficit, and needed experienced leaders to rescue it from the crisis into which it had been thrown by the Badals, said Captain Amarinder.He urged the people to seriously think of whether they wanted an experienced and stable government, which only the Congress could provide, or they wanted an anarchist party like AAP or looters like the SAD-BJP combine. Captain Amarinder exhorted the people to take a decision in the interest of their future, and that of their children.While the Chhota Badal was busy making hotels and Lambu Majithia was busy selling chitta, senior Badal was busy wasting time and money in `sangat darshans’, said Captain Amarinder On the other hand, Kejriwal and his party were only interested in looting Punjab and promoting their personal interests, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president added.
As a Haryanvi, Kejriwal will never stand up for the interests of Punjab, said Captain Amarinder, pointing out that the AAP leader had refused to take up his challenge of a debate and to contest these polls to show that he was really concerned about the state. With not a single Punjabi in the party, and with allegations of sale of tickets and molestation of women, AAP had absolutely no leg to stand on and could not be trusted to ensure Punjab’s development, the PPCC chief added.Pointing out that that the SGPC was in control of the Akalis, Captain Amarinder said the money that people gave for `dharma prachar’ was being used to promote the political interests of the Akalis, led by the Badals.He accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of trying to spread communal disharmony and polarization through incidents of sacrilege and desecration, and vowed to throw him behind bars after having all such cases reinvestigated once elected to power. “Those who try to divide people using religion do not deserve any mercy,” Captain Amarinder declared.
Vowing to expose SAD’s Sukhbir Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia for their patronage of the drugs and other mafias, Captain Amarinder declared he would go to Majitha and Jalalabad to show their true colours to the people.“I also decided to contest Lambi for the same reason – to expose Badal and give him a good thrashing for life so that nobody else ever dares to ruin Punjab the way he has done in the past one decade,” said Captain Amarinder, amid rousing applause from the crowds.As the crowd cheered on, Captain Amarinder declared that he had come to Dharamkot to take the wind out of the sail of Akali agriculture minister and candidate Tota Singh, who had ruined thousands of people through the fertilizers, cotton seed and education scams. “Edda manja pheranga,” he declared to loud cheers.Later in Moga, Captain Amarinder lashed out at the Akali candidate from the constituency and Tota Singh’s son Barjinder Singh Makhan Brar, allegedly involved in a sex scandal, saying people like this father-son duo were a disgrace on politics.
Captain Amarinder said he had prayed to Wahe Guru to give him the strength to defeat Badal, who had used religion to divide people and destroyed an entire generation of youth with drugs, besides ruining the state’s economy.He reiterated his promise of farm debt waiver and jobs to the unemployed youth to wean them away from drugs. The party manifesto had several schemes to gainfully employ the youth and bring agriculture and industry back on track in the state, he added. Reiterating that this was his last election, Captain Amarinder said it was time to hand over the reins of the state to the youth. He urged government employees, who had suffered extreme discrimination at the hands of the Badal government, to join hands with the Congress to revive the state’s growth and bring the lost smiles back to the faces of its people.