Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Monday called upon the people of the state to give a crushing defeat to the 'regressive' forces symbolised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine in the forthcoming civic polls.
In a statement, Bajwa said the alliance had been hoodwinking the people in the name of development, while the situation was going from bad to worse. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has only been making tall claims of taking development to a higher orbit but it is only his own business that has entered the higher orbit, while the state had further plunged into misery, he added.
He lashed out at the BJP for being a partner in non-performance and mismanagement by the senior alliance partner as the party had succumbed to the pressure tactics of Sukhbir, who had practically been running departments that were with this party (BJP). The party has failed to perform despite the fact that the local bodies department has had a BJP minister for the past many years, Bajwa claimed.
The PPCC chief said the state was bankrupt and it lacked funds to execute development projects. Bajwa added that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre had ditched the Parkash Singh Badal government in the matter of allocation of funds. He pointed out that it was the UPA government that had been more generous towards Punjab.
He called upon the people to teach a lesson to the alliance in the local bodies' elections as this was the right time to turn the tide.
Calling the alliance opportunistic, he said the BJP leaders who had been openly attacking their SAD counterparts had suddenly made a hasty withdrawal in view of the Delhi assembly elections.