Chary of dragging religion into politics, Congress candidate from Rampura Phul in Bathinda , Gurpreet Singh Kangar claims that drugs are available like cabbage in the streets of Punjab. He says that SAD-BJP government is not serious in saving youth of Punjab from deadly drugs. Confident of overturning the applecart of his rival Sikandar Singh Maluka of SAD for the third time, Kangar alleged that the alliance government had manipulated false criminal cases against the Congress workers; he himself has been booked for attempt to murder in three different cases. A nonchalant Kangar rubbishes aside AAP candidateManjit Singh Bitti, saying the fight is between SAD-BJP and the Congress. Euphemistically engaged in a talk with DailyPost, Deputy Editor, Rajinder S Taggar, Kangar opens up. Excerpts:
How much sure are you of winning?
I am fully sure of victory. The question is with how much margin?
Isn’t 2017 different with emergence of AAP?
You may say anything but our fight is not with AAP. This time too we are pitched against the SAD-BJP alliance. AAP stands nowhere. AAP has been marred with allegations of selling tickets.
In other parts of the state, people are talking about Kejriwal. Why don’t you accept it?
People are intelligent and they are not going to waste their vote for AAP because they had seen in previous elections in 2012 that Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) had created a division in votes helping the alliance to win.
But your party is divided into groups the Captain group, Bhattal group and the Bajwa group?
Now all are one. The party has to win and form the next government in Punjab. People are disenchanted with the alliance and there is strong anti-incumbency wave.
There are reports that Congress is facing tough time in declaring remaining 40 seats. They are controversial.
Winn-ability is the main criteria. There is no controversy over the undeclared constituencies. The Congress has allotted tickets after conducting many surveys.
Which is the main issue that you are campaigning for?
The biggest issue is that of drugs. How can it be that alliance government is not aware of it? A gardener knows what he has planted in the garden. Our children are being ruined and there is no effort to curb drug menace. Drugs are available as easily as cabbage in the streets of Punjab.
Where is the solution?
The main problem is that the government functionaries call up police stations directly to seek favours and oblige their supporters. Even drug peddlers are being saved.
Captain is alleging that Congressmen have been booked in criminal cases. Is it true?
Congressmen are shouting of political vendetta. There are three attempt to murder cases registered against me. Trial is on. My weapon licenses have been cancelled. Maluka has got his daughter-in-law nominated to IAS directly from state cadre. The officer in question Parampal Kaur, got her first posting as ADC in Bathinda and she cancelled my weapon licenses.
Who is running the show in Punjab, the senior Badal or the junior?
Nobody now cares for Badal senior, it is the junior who is calling the shots. Badal senior comes into play only when things go out of hands of the junior.
What is your message to the voters?
I appeal to all the voters not to spoil their vote by polling for the alliance. Let’s kick them out and bring in a secular and a fair regime.