In the wake of criticism over his "long absence" from his Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, Punjab Congress president and MP Partap Singh Bajwa paid a quiet visit to Madhopur near Pathankot late Thursday evening and met with a select group of party leaders from Pathankot to chalk out a strategy for the coming general election.
It was learnt that nearly half dozen party leaders staked their claims to the district Congress president's post before Bajwa, who assured of a decision on the matter soon.
Addressing media persons later, the Punjab Congress leader blamed chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy for all the ills besetting the area.
"The Badals harbour only bad intentions to malign the Centre and so are not taking care of developmental projects approved by the union government for the region," he claimed and added that the father-son duo created hurdles to block developmental projects midway just to give a bad name to the Congress MP and the union government.
"I had almost made the union government agree to set up an IIT in Pathankot and all decks had cleared but the CM played a spoilsport and took the project to a very tiny village near their won area. Similarly, a rail link from Qadian was approved by the Railways due to my efforts but the Badals created such a situation that the project is stuck midway which otherwise could have ensured benefit to this area," Bajwa said.
The Punjab Congress leader further flayed the Badals and alleged that they were more bothered about filling their own pockets and had "captured" all major businesses and were least bothered about developmental issues.
Asked about the issues the Congress would take up in the coming general election, Bajwa said that the anarchy prevailing in Punjab was known to one and all and that everybody wants to get rid of it. "The Congress will make the anarchy in the state a poll issue since all have seen "goonda raj" of the Akalis in the recent Panchayati Raj polls.
"We will also tell the people of Punjab about the SAD-BJP government's failure to deliver on promises made in their election manifestos over the years. They have already sunk Punjab into the quagmire of debt and are not able to pay even the salaries of state employees," the Congress MP from Gurdaspur remarked.