Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said on Friday that Dasuya would witness a contest not between two political parties, but between the Congress and the government. Accusing the ruling alliance of “blatant misuse” of official machinery in the assembly elections, she said it showed their desperation.
“Riding on the popularity wave, a newly elected government can win a bypoll, held so soon after the general elections, with ease. However, by the way the entire Cabinet is camping in the constituency, it appears that the SAD-BJP government is apprehensive of its prospects,” she said while addressing a gathering in Alampur village.
She said the government had failed to deliver on all fronts as a result of which people had started drifting away from it.
“With what authority they are seeking votes when they have failed to fulfill their promises. Do they have any answer why water is not available, why electricity plays truant, why elderly people are not getting pensions, why the poor are without food,” she asked.
The government had “murdered” democracy by not releasing funds to MLAs of opposition parties whereas, she said the UPA government never made any discrimination as regards allocation of MPLAD money.
“To top it all, the SAD is playing the communal card and trying to disturb peace by honouring militants and raising memorials for them”, she said.
Bitter memories were better forgotten, she suggested. If the government had excess money, it should spend that for helping terrorist victims.
“The Badal government is playing with the sentiments of innocent people and using public money to promote its ulterior motives,” she alleged.
Expressing fears of booth capturing in the ensuing elections, Bhattal said that Congress workers were fully prepared for such eventuality. “We’ll give them a befitting reply,” she said.
Congress candidate Arun ‘Mickey’ Dogra said that Dasuya witnessed real development during the tenure of his father Ramesh Chander Dogra who represented the constituency for four terms.
The SAD-BJP government did not even repair the roads laid during Congress regime, he alleged.
Making a vote appeal, he said if elected he would work hard for Dasuya’s development.