Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has declared Punjab Congress President, Amarinder Singh, as party’s Chief Minister Candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.
Addressing a rally in Majithia town, which is a SAD stronghold, Rahul said, “Amarinder Singh has given his blood and sweat for Punjab. He has worked day and night for the development of Punjab. He has always worked for the Punjabi and Sardar community. He is going to be our CM.”
Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day visit to election bound state where he will be addressing number of rallies against the ruling Badal family. He will also address joint public rallies with Captain Amarinder Singh and Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu at Fiefdom of SAD, Jalalabad and Lambi.
Rahul attack SAD-BJP
Speaking on the first day of his three-day tour of Punjab, Rahul launched a scathing attack on SAD-BJP alliance in the state. He appealed the voters to elect congress to bring about a change in Punjab.
He accused Badals of exploiting the resources of the state for their own good and ignoring the interests of the people. “After Badals came to power in Punjab, they took everything including Punjab’s water, energy and resources and divided them amongst themselves leaving nothing for the people of the state”, he said.
Talking about the drug menace in Punjab, Rahul promised to enact a new law to curb drug issues, if elected to power. He blamed the state government for the prevailing problem.
Accusing Badals for the pity condition of farmers in the state, Rahul said, ‘Whenever a farmer sees Badal (clouds), he celebrates as clouds bring rain and is good for crops but that is not the case in Punjab as Badals (Ruling family) don’t give water in Punjab.’
Took a jibe at PM and AAP
Rahul Gandhi not only targeted State government but also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party.
Hitting out at Aam Aadmi Party, Rahul said that party is known for its hollow promises and have failed to deliver on its promises made to the people of Delhi. Urging people to vote for congress, he said, “We have not come here to make hollow promises. Party delivers what it says.”
He asked the people that how could Modi, who claimed to fight against corruption, support Akali Dal which itself is a corrupt group. He appealed to people to join hands with Congress and revive the fortune of the state and work towards the establishment of ‘Punjabiyat’.
PM Modi has also addressed two rallies in the election bound state where he targeted Congress and talked about the achievements of BJP led government in the Centre.