Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while taking a dig at Congress leaders in Punjab said leaders of the opposition party in the state have “formed a scapegoat club and have focused on increasing the membership of the club”.
Addressing public rallies at Dera Bassi, Ghanaur and Bhadson in favour of Deepinder Singh Dhillon, party candidate from the Patiala parliamentary constituency, Sukhbir said Congress contestants from different constituencies were reluctant to contest elections and were feeling as scapegoats.
“Now, party’s senior leaders have pulled up their socks to include rivals within the party in the scapegoat club”, Sukhbir said.
“There is complete demoralisation within the party as leaders ,including Partap Singh Bajwa and Manish Tewari, tried their best to run away from contesting Lok Sabha elections and now they were pushing former chief minister captain Amarinder Singh to contest election from Amritsar”, Sukhbir added.
He said there was a trouble brewing for the Congress leadership as on one side party’s central election committee had been constantly meeting to decide on the next list of candidates, while on the other side, it’s state leaders were avoiding contesting elections.
“These elections would be last election of the Congress and its time for the final goodbye of the party which remained in controversies due to its scams and antipeople policies. With no hope of regaining power at the national level, SAD has been flooded with requests from Congress leaders who are keen to join us”, he said.
Meanwhile, addressing the gathering, Deepinder Singh Dhillon said he had completed his first round of campaigning in all assembly segments of the Patiala constituency and received overwhelming response from the people.
“Despite being MP for past 15 years, the incumbent MP Preneet Kaur has failed to keep a single promise made by her during the last elections. Nothing much has happened on the ground”, he said.