Making it categorically clear that his appeal to different opposition parties to join hands against the anti-people policies of the SAD-BJP government in the state was aimed at a specific purpose. The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday, did not rule out a political alliance in the future.
Talking to media after addressing a party workers meeting at Morinda in Chamkaur Sahib assembly segment organised by the local MLA Charanjit Singh Channi, Capt Amarinder said, his current appeal was specifically for the participation of these political parties in the protests being held all across Punjab on September 7.
However, he added, "everything is possible in politics and I don't rule out a broader political alliance in future". He stated that he had spoken with all the political leaders including Manpreet Badal of the People's Party of Punjab, Joginder Dayal of the Communist Party of India, Avatar Singh Karimpuri of Bahujan Samaj Party and others.He said of them had shown serious concern about the plight of common man in the state who had been burdened with heavy taxes.
Capt Amarinder lashed out at the ruling SAD-BJP alliance saying it had cheated people into grabbing power promising them moon while delivering nothing.
Capt Amarinder listed the promises made in the election manifesto of the Akali Dal which included the "aata-daal" to poor, unemployment allowance to the educated unemployed youth, free laptop to students and round the clock electricity.
"Show me whether you have fulfilled even one of these promises", he dared the ruling alliance while referring to their profligate expenditure. He pointed out, when it comes to spending for welfare measures they say Punjab is poor and when it comes to their own luxuries they don't mind buying a helicopter worth Rs 38 crores and foreign trips to South Africa, the United States, Europe and East Asia.
The former chief minister said, the Akalis have brought double whammy on the people of Punjab. On one hand they are not providing any facility to common people while on the other hand they had imposed heavy taxes. He reiterated the demand of the Congress Legislative Party Leader Sunil Jakhar seeking an emergency session of the state assembly on the imposition of the taxes.
He also criticized the state government for its failure to lift paddy and wheat crops, and the payment to farmers on time, adding that the Food Corporation of India provides money to the state government well in advance to be disbursed among the farmers. But the state government has been using this money for other purposes and as a result the farmers have to wait for their payment for days, when it finally comes part of it goes to the inspectors and part of it goes to the jathedars.
Reiterating his resolve to hold the Akali-BJP government in the dock, he said, he will ensure that they will have to account for each and every sin of their omission and commission. "They can't cheat people into voting them to power first and then running away from the promises they made", he asserted.