Former chief minister of Punjab Rajinder Kaur Bhattal joined the campaign in favour of Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi here on Tuesday.
Criticising the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for opposing the formation of the separate Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in Haryana (HSGMC), she said, "There are many gurdwaras belonging to other sects such as those of Nihangs, why doesn't SAD or SGPC talk of taking control of those gurdwaras?
She said if other states could have separate gurdwara committees, why not Haryana. Bhattal also said it was wrong to suggest the committee was formed keeping in view the coming assembly elections in the state.
She said it was a long drawn-out process and that the Haryana Sikhs had been fighting over the issue for a number of years.
On the AAP impact in the coming byelection, Bhattal said it would have no impact on Punjab election scene. She said the Patiala seat always belonged to the Congress and it would remain with the Congress even this time.
At Talwandi Sabo, she said, it was practically a 'Congress versus Congress' affair since SAD candidate Jeet Mohinder Sidhu was a sitting Congress MLA who left the party in March.
Bhattal expressed the confidence that the Congress would win both the seats.
Later, she also addressed rallies at Pakka Kalan village and Rama Mandi in support of Jassi.
Bajwa opposes proposed hike in power tariff
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa opposed the move to hike power tariff and said that the people were further going to penalised by the state government to cover the cost of inefficiency and leakage by way of corruption. He asserted the Congress would oppose this hike tooth and nail.
He said the people were full of anger against this Parkash Singh Badal government.
He said it was the Akali leaders who had patronised drug smuggling, which had ruined the youth in the state.
The economy was at its lowest ebb and the state had a huge army of unemployed and unemployable youth. Such was the effect of the drugs that the youth from the state were failing to qualify for recruitment in armed forces and the police. The situation was pitiable and the Badal government could not escape from its responsibility.
He slammed the state government for frequent power cuts despite tall claims having repeatedly been made by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of making the state power-surplus within three years. He asked him as to when the countdown for three years would start.
He claimed that the people of Talwandi Sabo were totally disillusioned with this government which had even failed to speed up the relocation of Kanakwal village adjacent to the Guru Gobind Singh oil refinery. The village has been badly affected by pollution from the refinery.