Bassi Pathana: Pitted against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the upcoming Punjab polls, state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday vowed to inflict a crushing defeat to the SAD-BJP alliance and promised to give Dalits of the state their rightful due once the Congress returned to power in Punjab.
“AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal is planning to loot Punjab by misleading the people with false promises.”
Captain Amarinder Singh
Addressing a series of election rallies in the Malwa belt, including at Bassi Pathana, Payal and Amloh, Amarinder flayed the SAD-BJP for “ruining” the state with their “lootmaar” (plundering) and also, lashed out at AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal for “planning to loot” Punjab by “misleading the people with false promises”.
He lambasted the SAD-BJP for their “criminalisation” of Punjab through “patronisation” of the transport, sand, liquor mafia etc.
He described Chief Minister Badal’s Sangat Darshan programmes as a “waste” of public money, while also castigating the chief minister for “allowing” incidents of sacrilege to mar the state’s communal harmony.
He described the incidents as an “attempt by the Akalis to polarise Punjab’s society” ahead of the polls, alleging that Badal was not a “true believer” of ‘Sikhi’ (Sikhism) since he was “indulging in spreading communal disharmony”.
Amarinder said atrocities against Dalits had increased manifold, from 651 in 2007 to 12,834 by 2015.
The state Congress chief said he would ensure that all those found guilty of any crime against the community were given exemplary punishment.
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