Sharpening her attack on the SAD, Congress candidate from Patiala Urban constituency Preneet Kaur, on Thursday, said the bypolls will mark the "beginning of the end" for the Akali government in Punjab as people were fed up and wanted to get rid of them at the earliest.
Addressing a series of meetings here, she said, "People are angry and disillusioned as they have been cheated for the past eight years and are waiting for an opportunity to vent their anger."
Accompanied by senior party leaders including former minister Lal Singh and former deputy speaker in the Punjab Assembly Bir Devinder Singh, Kaur took a dig at deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's promises and asked, "Where is the round-the-clock electricity, where are the roads and flyovers and the metro railway?"
Accusing the Akalis of "amassing wealth and multiplying personal fortunes", she remarked, "It is strange that while the Akalis are getting richer Punjab, under their rule, is becoming poorer."
She also urged people to compare for themselves the five-year regime of the Congress and the eight-year SAD rule that succeeded it.
Preneet should stop daydreaming: SAD
Patiala: Reacting to Congress candidate Preneet Kaur's statement about the upcoming bypoll signalling the end of Akalis, the panthic outfit Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), on Thursday, said that Preneet should stop daydreaming and undertake a reality check in the city to understand that the Congress' days were over.
SAD secretary and spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said that it was strange that despite her party's humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, Preneet was thinking about the opposition's end.
Defending his party, Dr Cheema said, "Successive elections in the state have proved the rising popularity of the SAD-BJP, due to its pro-people initiatives." HTC