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Sonia fails to keep date with Moga

india Updated: Jan 19, 2012 19:51 IST
Manpreet Randhawa

All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday failed to land at Moga to address a political rally in favour of the congress candidates contesting from the Malwa region hence leaving a large number of party supporters disappointed who came from far flung areas to have a glimpse of her and to listen her speech.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), president, Captain Amarinder Singh later told the gathering that Sonia's chopper could not have landed at Moga due to poor visibility and unfavorable weather conditions.

" My own chopper landed here with great difficulty as it had to negotiate lot of high tension electricity wires. But we could not have taken such a big risk for our party president", explained Captain Amarinder, who looked visibly upset.

In charge of the congress party of Punjab affairs, Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak, was also hard pressed to explain to the people why Sonia could not come to the venue.

" We have been eagerly awaiting for this day when the congress president could come to Punjab and address the people. But believe me even the best of pilots could not have made a smooth landing due to the bad weather conditions. However she has sent her message saying that we all must strive hard to end the five year misrule and anarchy of the SAD-BJP government", said Charak.

Captain Singh assured the farmers that after forming the government in the state the first thing that the congress government was committed to do was to introduce crop insurance scheme.

" The congress party has decided that all farmers of the state should be duly compensated in case their crops are damaged or destroyed due to natural calamity. " In case of floods, heavy rains or any other natural disaster due to which the crops are damaged we will provide adequate insurance cover to the farmers", added Capt. Singh.

Speaking on the occasion Capt. Singh called upon the people to teach Akalis a lesson for pushing the state into lawlessness and chaos. " The SAD-BJP government has been selfish, corrupt and inflicted misery and suffering on the poor and hapless people of the state".

Capt. Singh was particularly harsh on SAD MP from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and wife of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for misleading the people of Punjab.

Capt. Amarinder said that Harsimrat has been misinforming the people on the Atta-Dal scheme as well as the 200 power units which are being given free to the poor sections of the state. " She is going around telling the people that the congress has no right to give free Atta-Dal and is only making a false promise. She is also spreading around that in case the congress come backs to power it will not give 200 electricity units free to the poor sections. Which of course is a plain lie. We are committed to the people of Punjab to continue giving the same benefits which they are getting now", said the PPCC president.

In fact the congress after coming to power would double to amount of money for the shogun scheme, old age and widow pensions.

Capt. Singh also criticized Harsimrat for making false statements that the congress had hijacked Akalis' manifesto. " This is nothing but sheer frustration of the Akalis. The congress had prepared the manifesto at least six months before the polls were announced. On the other hand the Akalis have still not come out with the manifesto", said Capt. Singh.

The congress candidates who were present on the occasion included Joginder Pal Jain from Moga, Ishar Singh Meharban from Jagraon, Harchand Kaur from Mehal Kalan, Darshan Singh Brar from Bagha Purana, Ajit Singh Shant from Bagha Purana, Sukhjit Singh Lohgarh from Dharamkot, Mohammad Sadique from Bhadaur, Naresh Kataria from Zira and Avtar Singh Brar from Faridkot constituency. Sangrur MP, Vijay Inder Singla was also present.

Many supporters of the congress party had to return back disappointed after they failed to have a glimpse of AICC, president Sonia Gandhi.
" I have brought 200 people from Jalalabad (east) village with the promise that they would be able to listen to the speech of the congress president. They all came even though there was biting cold in the morning. And now we have been told that she will not come at all", said former Sarpanch of Jalalabad (east) village Gurmail Singh Jalalabadi.
" Why can not these senior leaders plan their journey while keeping in mind the weather conditions. They should be sensitive to the feelings of the people who have been brought to the venue with all kind of promises. If Captain Amarinder can land what was wrong with Sonia's chopper", questioned Jarnail Singh of dharamkot village.