Captain’s road show is show of Strength for Jakhar on last campaigning day
Gurdaspur(Gourav Sally/ DP correspondent): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday set out with much fanfare on the last day of campaigning after his road show put an impressive mark on voters that covered at least seven mains cities and towns including Pathankot, Gurdaspur and Batala. Accompanied by the party’s nominee, Sunil Jakhar, AICC General
Secretaries Asha Kumari and Harish Chaudhry, and Rajya Sabha MP, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Captain Amarinder said that his government had not only implemented many of its poll promises but had also set the ball rolling for bringing the beleaguered state economy back on track. “Be it enhancement of pensions under social welfare schemes or our promise of providing jobs, every election promise that we made is in the process of implementation”, he said reiterating that the decade long legacy of the previous Akali-BJP regime cannot be wiped out within a short span of 6 months or so. The Chief Minister said that his government was also working on a plan to implement its promise of providing smart phones to youth. On the issue of crop loan waiver to farmers, the chief minister said that Punjab, unlike some other states, had decided to waive off loans up to Rs 2 lakh for farmers with up to 5 acres of land and an outright relief of Rs 2 lakh each to other small and marginal farmers, irrespective of their loan amount. “This will benefit 10.25 lakh of the 13 lakh farming families who borrowed loans”, he said while ridiculing the opposition for attempting to negate the work done by his government.The Chief Minister said that all steps were being taken to provide timely payment to farmers against their paddy crop in the ongoing procurement season. In response to a question, the chief minister said that despite the financial constraints, his government had sanctioned money for projects worth Rs 750 crores in Gurdaspur and Pathankot and work had already started on many. Captain Amarinder Singh also denied any rift in the party over the allotment of ticket to Jakher and said that Pratap Singh Bajwa had never stayed away from campaigning. “Like me, he too had some commitments in Delhi, which he fulfilled and joined the campaign”, he said.
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