Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh warned the people here on Wednesday that they should not get trapped into the false promises made by the Akalis and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during the poll time.
Captain Amarinder was addressing a public rally organised by state vice-president of Congress and local MLA Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi at the grain market at Guru Har Sahai assembly segment, situated 36km from here.
Amarinder appealed to the youth to beware of the false dreams being shown by AAP leaders.
"If you really want to see what they are up to, just go to Delhi and see what they have done there by making people's life miserable," he said.
"Let somebody tell me what is the agenda of the AAP and who is their leader?" he asked, while pointing out, the party did not have single leader worth its name who could claim to have some experience.
"The Akalis have already destroyed Punjab during the last ten years and it cannot afford another five years of anarchy," he said.
"The Akalis' only contribution to the state is indiscriminate corruption aimed at enriching themselves and spreading the scourge of drug addiction and thus destroying an entire generation of youths," he asserted.
Referring to the higher electricity tariff being charged by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), he said during his chief ministership, the power tariff was Rs 2.40 per unit only, which has gone to Rs 7.60 per unit now. "The Akalis have made electricity expensive in connivance with the private power producers," he said.
He also expressed concern over low proce of basmati which is selling at Rs 1,200 per quintal this year.
"We know Badal has grown too old to govern and the power rests with Sukhbir, who is using it only for his personal welfare," he said, while pointing out that he was hardly seen in Punjab as he is always on his business trips either abroad or outside the state.
"Whosoever has harassed or implicated my party workers is my enemy number one and I will never forgive such people," he warned, while promising reciprocal justice to them.
Congress leaders Joginder Singh Panjgraian, Karan Kaur Brar, Hira Sodhi, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Gurpreet Kangar, Darshan Brar and Satkar Kaur also attended the rally.
REGRETS DELAY IN PGI SATELLITE CENTRE
Ferozepur: Demanding immediate start of the construction of the 100-bed satellite centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, Captain Amarinder Singh regretted the failure of the SAD-BJP government to provide land for the centre here, which was approved by the then UPA government,led by Dr Manmohan Singh.
The former CM was talking to mediapersons at the residence of local Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinki.
He said the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, should be changed into an AIIMS to provide better medical care to inhabitants of the state.
Replying to a query over the Bihar poll, Captain said he was ready to join the party campaign as and when asked to do so by the party high command.
"Congress is in a comfortable position for the 2017 polls. The SAD-BJP alliance is on the losing ground due to the alleged misrule of the last nine years, while AAP is nothing but a shattered house," said the former CM.
"I am not the main contender for post of PPCC chief and to decide the same is the prerogative of the high command only," he said.
"Punjab is passing through the worst economical phase as its debt has risen to `1.25 lakh crore but the alliance leaders are busy in mintinh money through illegal means," he alleged.
Replying to a query over BJP chief Kamal Sharma in a drug case, Captain Amarinder Singh said, "How can Akalis take action against their alliance partner, when some SAD leaders are themselves involved in the drug trade. Drug lord Bhola will reveal their tale very soon".