Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday said the reputation of deputy chief minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia was already so bad that the Congress did not need to screen or distribute the controversial CD showing Majithia abusing Congress MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh in the Punjab assembly.
Replying to a question on the issue during a press conference, Capt Amarinder said initially the party had planned to screen and distribute CDs at all places. "But we found that the reputation of Sukhbir and Majithia was already so bad that the screening of the CD would not make any difference," he said, adding that the party did possess the unedited copies of the CD. He said if people want the CD, the party would provide it to them.
Asserting that the Congress was headed for a landslide victory in the Moga byelection scheduled for Saturday, Amarinder said Sukhbir should feel lucky if his candidate manages to save his security deposit.
Amarinder said the Congress was closely monitoring the situation at each of about 180 polling booths in the Moga assembly constituency. He expressed satisfaction over the role of the election commission, saying it was doing its job well.
The Congress president said the party had constituted teams of locals for each booth and they were keeping a close vigil. He added that the Congress workers were bringing the movement of Akali workers from outside to the notice of the election authorities and the latter were taking due action.
Summing up the "mood" of people in the constituency after a rigorous campaign for three weeks, the PPCC president said Congress candidate Vijay Kumar Sathi was sure to improve the last election's victory margin for the party. "I am confident that at least it should be double than what it was in 2012," he said. Several factors are working against the Akalis and Joginder Pal Jain, which were going to help the Congress candidate to win with a comfortable margin, Amarinder said.
Asked to comment on Sukhbir's claims that Jain was going to win by a margin of 51,000 votes, Capt Amarinder said, "He (Sukhbir) should feel lucky if his candidate manages to save security deposit as there was unprecedented resentment against Jain and the Akalis."
Replying to another question that the Akalis were trying to buy votes, the PPCC president said he had full confidence on voters and supporters of the Congress. "The Congress voters are not saleable," he said while challenging Sukhbir to try whatever he can even then he cannot win the byelection.
He expressed confidence over the presence of sufficient number of security personnel and election officials, who will ensure smooth, peaceful and fair election. "The election commission has appointed micro-observers at booth-level, besides cameras to ensure a fair election," he said, adding that Congress workers were also keeping round-the-clock vigil.