Lambi (Muktsar): Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday reiterated his claim to put all corrupt behind bars in Congress rule after 2017. Referring to the alleged involvement of Punjab Ago chairman Dyal Singh Kolianwali in a recruitment scam, Amarinder announced that he would meet the same fate as that of Ravi Sidhu, a former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission who was arrested and later sentenced for corruption and has spent most of the time in jail since then. “I will not forgive those who cheated and robbed those helpless people who desperately wanted jobs and I promise you I am not going to forget or forgive Kolianwali either”, he warned.
Amarinder was here to lead the party workers staging dharna outside the police station in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s home turf Lambi, against the corruption in the state. Addressing the gathering, Amarinder said, “I regret the police were harassing and targeting the victims who have been duped of lakhs of rupees in the hope of getting jobs.” The former CM Amarinder Singh also claimed to be aware of the rates for jobs. Manpreet Singh Badal, CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi, IYC president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, party’s chief spokesman Sunil Jakhar, MLAs Laal Singh, Karan Kaur Brar and Kuljit Nagra also addressed the gathering. They all blamed the ruling alliance for all evils in the state.
Among others, AICC leader Harish Chaudhary was also present on the stage. Claiming that the denial of Siropa to Badal by granthi at Darbar Sahib, Amarinder said it was a divinely judgment that granthi followed. Referring to the agricultural crisis, Amarinder reiterated that his government will continue with free power to farmers, 300 units of free power to Dalits and the downtrodden people, increase the Shagun scheme to Rs 51,000 and the old age, widow and handicapped pension to Rs 2,000 per month.
Amarinder suffers from BP problem
After facing heat and suffocation in the pandal for about one-and-a-half hours, Amarinder complained of illness at Manpreet’s residence, where he was invited for the lunch. A physician was called who didn’t find anything serious except little variation in blood pressure. Taking an advised medicine and lime water, Amarinder was back on the move.
Capt too unaware of in-charge name
On being asked about the Punjab affairs in-charge of party, after Kamal Nath resigned, the PPCC president Amarinder Singh said he was also waiting for the AICC word. About Sheila Dikshit, the PPCC president said that he read the same in newspapers but with also the reports of her being appointed as UP CM candidate. “It’s better to wait,” he said.
Congress for three pronged campaign
Capt disclosed that in the next 24 weeks he would be touring all 117 constituencies. Besides, the district presidents and vice-presidents would hold village level meetings. Apart from this, the Prashant Kishore’s IPAC team will also be holding door to door campaign, which in whole will strengthen the base of Congress in the state to make the government.
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