Mounting a strong offensive against Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, Captain Amarinder Singh, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday said the people will have no reason to vote for him if they go by his performance as Punjab chief minister.
“During his tenure as CM, free power to farmers was scrapped, schemes for the poor were taken back and a ban was imposed on recruitment in government jobs.” said a joint statement issued by some senior SAD leaders of the Amritsar constituency.
They also alleged that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had done nothing for the border area and for the industry in Punjab. Rather, incentives were extended to industries in neighbouring states, which led to flight of industry from Punjab.
They also sought a list of the projects that the Congress MPs and union ministers from Punjab, brought to the border state under the ten years of the UPA regime.
“Except for one FM Channel, no development project was brought to Punjab by the Congress MPs and ministers in the UPA’’, they added.
The statement was issued on behalf of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, animal husbandry minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, chief parliamentary secretary Inderbir Singh Bolaria, district planning board chairman Vir Singh Lopoke and SAD district president Upkar Singh Sandhu.
The Akali leaders alleged that the Congress MPs remained mute spectators and behaved like “deaf and dumb parrots” in Parliament and did not raise their voice when it came to protecting the state’s interests. They sought to know from Amarinder Singh as to which issues were raised in Parliament by his party’s MPs.
On the other hand, they claimed, Akali MPs, including Harsimrat Kaur Badal, raised the state-related issues and fought for the interests of Punjab in Parliament.
The Akali leaders further said that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal had held several meetings with union ministers with requests for sanctioning development projects. However, the Congress ministers from the state did nothing for the people.
They claimed that various development projects came to Punjab during the NDA rule. However, they did not specify the projects.
The SAD leaders also claimed that a wave was sweeping across the country in favour of the NDA, “an alliance which is a strong exponent of communal harmony, unlike the Congress which follows divisive policies.”