Leader of opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sunil Jakhar on Saturday said that the Punjab Congress was prepared to launch an agitation against the SAD-BJP government, as it had planned to impose fresh taxes worth Rs 2000 crore after Dasuya bye-elections.
Jakhar, who was in town to campaign for Congress candidate Arun Dogra Mickey, alleged that the victory of the Congress nominee in the bypoll would shatter the arrogance of the ruling-combine leaders.
He claimed that a hike in power tariff and the imposition of property tax was on anvil, as the government was just waiting for the completion of poll process in Dasuya to make these announcements. He added that the Congress will oppose any such move through a state-wide agitation.
Jakhar alleged that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was actually more worried on how to install his son Sukhbir Badal as the next chief minister than deliberating upon the concerns of the state.
The Congress would also make the Operation Bluestar memorial and the honouring of Balwant Singh Rajoana at Akal Takhat as poll issues since people had every right to seek explanation of the chief minister on this count.
"The CM has been trying to appease the radicals at the cost of hard-earned peace," he alleged.
On several "Taksali" Congressmen of Dasuya not campaigning for the party nominee, he said that Bhupinder Singh Cheema, son of former MLA Gurbacahn Singh Cheema, along with other local Congress leaders had been persuaded. "The entire Congress team in Dasuya is now supporting the official nominee and there are no differences," he added.
He demanded that the EC should deploy paramilitary force during the election, and he feared misuse of the official machinery.
"The ruling-combine had rigged the municipal corporation elections in the state. Deployment of paramilitary forces will ensure free and fair elections at Dasuya," he added.
Others who were present included Hoshiarpur MP Santosh Chaudhary, Congress MLAs - Sham Sundar Arora, Sukhjit Singh Randhawa, Tarlochan Singh Soond, Guriqbal Kaur, Sangat Singh Giljian and Ramesh Chander Dogra, former health minister.
Dasuya Congress leaders Satnam Singh Cheema, Sohan Lal Prashar, Jhirmal Singh, Upjeet Singh Neetu, Lala Singh, Surjit Singh, Rampal Singh Babb, Ajit Singh Kainth, Gopal Singh Pal, Chander Shekhar, Amarinder Singh Cheema, Jatinder Singh Cheema, Daljeet Singh and Jasjit Singh Cheema were also present.