Cong to launch agitation over blue card issue: Raman Bahl

  • Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 21:07 IST

Senior Congress leader Raman Bahl on Thursday flayed the Punjab government for its alleged failure to issue blue cards for providing ration at cheap rates to all eligible families of the state.

Bahl, a Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) member, stated this while addressing a meeting of the party office bearers and activists from Gurdaspur assembly segment held at his residence here.

He said that he had organised a protest rally in Gurdaspur on December 2 and submitted a memorandum to Gurdaspur deputy commissioner, seeking issuance of blue cards to all those eligible families that had been left out of the cheap atta-dal scheme.

Bahl accused the government of backtracking by denying the facility to the left out eligible families. Instead of offering the benefit to them, the state government had just ordered a verification of the existing blue cards, he said.

He alleged that at the behest of the local level leaders of the ruling party in different parts of the state, a large number of eligible people were left out while listing the people for the benefit of the atta-dal scheme of the SAD-BJP government.

Bahl announced that if blue cards were not issued to all the deserving cases, the Congress would soon launch an agitation against it in Gurdaspur.

Bahl accused some of the ruling alliance leaders of amassing illegal wealth out of the drug trafficking and other illegal means under the SAD-BJP regime while the common man was reeling under the weight of unprecedented high taxes.

He alleged that the ruling coalition is like a government of 'mafias' such as sand mafia, land mafia and drug mafia and corruption was rampant in all the government departments.

Bahl said that all the sections of the society were dissatisfied with the dismal performance of the Badal government and were waiting for the next assembly elections in the state to teach it a lesson.

He also congratulated the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas.

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