Though the Sanjha Morcha has refused the open invitation by the Punjab Congress chief to participate in the protest against the SAD-BJP government, Capt Amarinder Singh has not ruled out the possibility of support from the Morcha to fight against the state government for levying more taxes.
On his visit here on Wednesday, Amarinder said there was nothing wrong in Manpreet Singh Badal, chairman of the Sanjha Morcha, refusing the offer as every party needed time to prepare their cadres to launch protests.
"It is wrong to think that talks between the Congress and Sanjha Morcha are over as it is just the beginning. The Morcha has not refused the support but has said that it would not be possible for them to take such decisions at a short notice," Amarinder said.
"Moreover, I feel it is difficult for any party to get prepared for the protests. If possible, the Sanjha Morcha parties will think again about joining the protest with the Congress leaders."
Amarinder said in case the government failed to take serious note of the protest and did not role back the taxes, they would launch intensive protests, including a Punjab bandh.
About a political alliance with the Sanjha Morcha before the parliamentary elections in 2014, Amarinder said it would be a little premature to comment now. Currently, it was the need of the hour to hold a massive protest against the "autocratic attitude" of the government, he said.
"The move is not aimed at a political alliance, but the only agenda is to set up a common platform to oppose the government's policy of banking upon the common man to fill the empty coffers of the state," he said.
"Having made empty promises, the SAD-BJP was lucky to have formed the government with only 40%
votes, 1% more than the Congress. More than 50% of the voters were against the present government and did not want them to be in power for a second time," he said.
About the rifts within the party that came to the fore after the assembly elections, Amarinder said he had nothing personal against anyone, and if someone had a problem with him, they should talk to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Among those present were Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna, Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar, Barnala MLA Kewal Dhillon and PCC general secretary Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa.