Congress Manifesto Draft Committee chairperson Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and convener Manpreet Badal was in Jalandhar to meet traders
Jalandhar: Punjab Congress Manifesto Draft Committee leaders, who reached out to the traders to gauge their mood ahead of the assembly elections ended up in difference of opinion over the issue of using ‘Red Beacons’ atop the cars of elected leaders.
Congress Manifesto Draft Committee Chairperson Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and its convener Manpreet Badal remained ‘adamant’ on their stand on whether to use Red Beacon or not. While Manpreet denied, Bhattal indirectly hinted at her fondness for this culture.
In Jalandhar for a meeting with the traders, Manpreet Badal emphatically said that the red beacon culture would be brought to an end ‘100 percent’. “We would recommend no red beacons atop vehicles of elected representative in congress”, he said.
Contrary to this, Bhattal, who commutes with a red beacon atop her vehicle evaded a direct reply and said, “We were preparing the election manifesto, where all aspects would be considered. My decision in this regard would be as per the party high command directives.” Both the leaders, who were sitting next to each other during a press conference ended up confining to their side of statement on this issue.
Notably, congress high command, especially vice president Rahul Gandhi had been advocating the need to do away with the red beacon culture but Bhattal expressed an opposite viewpoint on this issue.
So much so, that the entire cavalcade of the senior congress leaders, who were here in Jalandhar for the manifesto meeting commuted in red beacon cars.
Earlier talking about the election manifesto, Bhattal said that the congress was holding marathon meetings with the stakeholders to get a ground level feedback.
However, when pointed out that congress was following the AAP model of forming the manifesto, Bhattal said, “There was nothing similar in our functioning, as compared to AAP. The fact was that Punjab could not afford to loose itself once again, as it happened during the two previous elections.”
When further confronted with the same query, Manpreet Badal came to her rescue and said that the congress would not bring a ‘populist election manifesto’ but a ‘realistic manifesto’, which would be ‘implementable’. “Congress would bring an election manifesto, which would carry a roadmap for the state”, he said.
Meanwhile, in the morning, Manpreet Badal reached the house of his estranged cousin Jagbir Brar after a gap of four years, where he shared that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and policymaker Sam Pitroda would be guiding the congress in drafting the congress manifesto.
Both, the leaders also highlighted that the congress would bring two major laws namely Conflict of Interest Legislation and Benami Property Act besides over 30 other crucial legislations.
Manpreet also said that the Punjab government was facing a peculiar situation, where despite having a BJP led majority government, they were not getting any funds to revive the state economy. “A congress government in the state would not be dependent on PM Modi rather revive the state economy on its own”, he added.
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