In a run-up to the assembly polls, the Congress intends to counter Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s “sangat darshans” though its own “halqe vich Captain” programme. The campaign will kick-start from Jalalabad, the assembly constituency of deputy CM Sukhbir Badal on June 19.
As part of the campaign, which is aimed at making Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh accessible to people and workers at the grassroots level, the former CM will hold “lokan da darbar” to reach out to people and workers by spending an entire day in all 117 constituencies.
Announcing the campaign at a press conference on Tuesday, Amarinder said he would interact with over 5,000 people and understand their problems first hand. “I would assure them of a time-bound resolution by setting up a task force in the first 100 days of the Congress government,” Amarinder said.
People voicing their concerns will be required to fill out their petitions in a form for record-keeping, which will be submitted against a receipt. An interactive voice response in Captain’s voice will be sent within 72 hours of grievance submission along with an SMS confirmation. Citizens can use the receipt number to check the status of their grievances online. For people unable to attend the ‘lokan da darbar’, an e-version filing the petition has been made available on www.PunjabDaCaptain.com/HVC.
A marinder will also meet other influence groups, such as farmer associations, business associations and the media, in that “halqa” besides Congress workers of the area.