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Balancing act caused delay in PPCC formation: Bajwa

Manpreet Randhawa, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 19, 2013
First Published: 19:51 IST(19/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:53 IST(19/12/2013)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday said the delay in the formation of the PPCC body had largely been caused due to the balancing act which the party had been trying to do in order to accommodate all sections of society.

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More than eight months have passed since Bajwa has been appointed the PPCC chief. Since then all eyes have been on Bajwa who will constitute the new PPCC body in the state so that the party could make a headstart in Punjab with the new aggression and vision after being drubbed in the state assembly polls in 2012.

"We have been trying to accommodate all sections in the formation so that they are duly represented no matter how small or big their presence is in the state. On the face of it this may look easy but given the kind of caste and community combination and permutation we have in urban and rural areas, it has been a tremendous exercise. Anyway everything in all respects is complete now and we have also received clearance from the senior leadership so the body can be announced any time this week," claimed Bajwa during his interaction with the Congress legislators at the Congress Bhawan.

However, Bajwa remained non-committal on the specific day and time when the PPCC body would be announced.

On the performance of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly polls, Bajwa admitted that the unexpected results had given a wake-up call to all political parties that they could not take voters for granted. "It has become extremely important to connect with the youth through various ways and means, including the social media network.

Bajwa said it seemed people had been fed up with the traditional leadership and wanted younger and fresh faces to come forward to lead them.

Bajwa said the party had decided to rope in youth and women workers. "It has been observed that women candidates had invariably done well not only while contesting the polls but also discharging other duties for the party.

He said formation of the PPCC body at the earliest would help the party prepare for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls well in time.

Bajwa said maladministration and breaking down of the law and order machinery in the state would be their major issues in the Lok Sabha polls.

'Industrial meet will have little impact'

Bajwa said the recently held two-day progressive conclave to attract industry in the state would have little impact on the state's development. He alleged that Reliance chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani had no option but to commit an investment of Rs. 2,500 crore as all clearances of his company were stopped. Bajwa said the Reliance had already got the all India licence for laying down the 4G infrastructure all across the country. Such an investment would fetch no employment for the youth of Punjab. "We would appreciate even if 10% of the investment which was committed during the summit comes to Punjab," added Bajwa.

Criticises Badal on Modi issue

Bajwa criticised chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for his alleged failure to get an assurance from BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to withdraw the special leave petition (SLP) which the Gujarat government had filed in the Supreme Court against the decision of the Gujarat high court which had decided in favour of Punjabi farmers. Bajwa said Modi would never do it for his anti-minority stance.

To file PIL in high court for CBI probe into drug trade in Punjab

The Punjab Congress will file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana high court in a week to get the inflow of synthetic drugs in huge quantity in the state probed by the CBI. "The state government would hesitate to get it probed by the CBI as political leaders and police officials are hand in glove with the drug peddlers. We will have to move the high court so that the Centre could hand over the matter to the CBI," said Bajwa.

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