Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday staged a ‘dharna’ against teh SAD-BJP government in Dinanagar and raised issues of farmers. Former PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa also joined him.
Amarinder led the offensive against the SAD-BJP combine on farmers’ issues. Significantly for the Congress, Partap Bajwa too joined him on the stage. Held outside a cooperative-run sugar mill here, the dharna also saw participation of former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Indian Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, party’s national secretary Harish Chowdhary, and former state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal.
In the series of three, the next dharna is in Jalandhar on June 13 on the issue of law and order; and the last in chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s constituency, Lambi, on June 18 over corruption.
“It is very unfortunate that the farmers of Punjab are committing suicide. I would appeal that they should just wait for six to seven months; once our government comes, we will bring an end to their woes,” Amarinder said. He added that the government owed sugarcane growers Rs 250 crore. “We will take account of everything and all those on the wrong side, and the Badal family, will be put behind bars.”
Putting differences aside for party, Punjab: Bajwa
Bajwa, who recently became a Rajya Sabha member, also attacked the Badals, while urging Congress leaders to “be in your constituencies and keep the morale of the workers intact”.
With Amarinder sitting next to him, Bajwa added, “I will appeal to party workers and leaders to stay together for the Congress. We had differences, have differences, and may have differences in the future too; but, for the party and Punjab, we are together.”
Taking a dig at CM Badal, Bajwa said, “I will ask Badal to stop his ‘sangat darshan’ programmes and instead start a dharna outside the house of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We will support Badal in that.” Bhattal too lashed out at the Akali-BJP government for “bringing the state to the brink of bankruptcy”.