Hitting the road once again for the second phase of road shows from his home district, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday asserted that the party will get absolute majority in the assembly polls in the state, due next year.
“People are disillusioned with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). We are confident that the Congress will form government with a two-thirds majority,” he said after the completion of a road show in Ghanaur assembly segment, where he sought to reach out to people with the promise to waive off farmers’ debts and a vow to protect the river waters of Punjab “at all costs”.
Accompanied by his wife and Congress MLA Preneet Kaur and former MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur , Amarinder made several impromptu halts along the way.
‘CASH BAN BROUGHT VOTERS BACK TO CONGRESS’
On the issue of demonetisation, he said, “It has caused great hardship to the common man. This development has brought back middle-class and lower-class voters back to the Congress.”
The idea of cash ban to curb black money was fine, but its implementation was totally unplanned, he added.
QUESTIONS ‘SILENCE’ OF MODI, KEJRIWAL ON SYL
He questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
On the PM’s remark on the Indus water treaty as political posturing ahead of the elections, he said, “Modi is raking the non-issue of the Indus treaty, which he can’t undo unilaterally, as per the international law. However, he can scrap the SYL project as there are BJP governments at the Centre and Haryana while Punjab is ruled by SAD-BJP. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal must talk to Modi in this regard,” he added.
Referring to the Delhi CM, he asked, “Why Kerjiwal remained silent on SYL during his six-day Punjab tour?”
Describing SYL as a major poll plank, Amarinder said this region (Rajpura, Ghanaur and surrounding areas) was faced with an acute water crisis and therefore, the SYL canal would not be allowed to be built at any cost.
He refuted Badal’s allegation that he had carried a silver ‘tasla’ and ‘kassi’ for the foundation-laying ceremony of the SYL and said he had carried a silver ‘tasla’ only once – during the 1984 ‘kar sewa’ at the Golden Temple.
Asked how strong is the AAP candidate Dr Balbir Singh pitted against him in Patiala Urban constituency, Amarinder asked, “Who is Dr Balbir Singh? I don’t know him. But I wish him good luck.”
To a question, he confirmed that he is once again going to contest from the Patiala Urban seat.