Senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa on Wednesday called upon the people of Punjab to hand out a "crushing defeat" to the SAD-BJP combine in the May 19 zila parishad and block samiti elections.
Addressing election rallies in Machrawan, Pejochak, Tanda Mari, Balarhwal, Chak Chaur, Kotli, Malowali, Balrampur and Cheema Kalan villages in Sri Hargobindpur assembly constituency, Bajwa said that the SAD-BJP government had snatched the democratic rights of the people of the state.
"Corruption has plagued the entire system. Health services are in poor condition. Farmers are forced to commit suicides. The poor are not able to make both ends meet. The state economy is shattered while law and order has spun out of control," the Congress leader claimed said, adding that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was still boasting that Punjab was the number one state in the country.
Bajwa also claimed that Punjab Police were registering "false cases" against Congress supporters due to political pressure. He alleged that Nijjar village sarpanch Bittu was attacked and seriously injured by three Akali supporters with sharp-edged weapons but police did not register a case.
The Congress leader accused the Akalis of misusing government machinery in the run-up to the zila parishad and block samiti elections. "Congress candidates are being threatened. Many Congress leaders have been attacked. A Youth Congress leader Sukhraj Singh Bhagupur was killed while our party MLA Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi was attacked," he claimed.
He asserted that the state Congress would continue to fight against the anti-people policies of the Badal government and oust it from power.
He said that Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa would launch a major offensive against the SAD-BJP government on major public issues once the local elections were over.
Bhupinder Pal Singh Witty, Sahib Singh Mand, Balwinder Singh Ladi, Sardul Singh Cheema and Balwinder Singh Nabha accompanied Bajwa at the rallies.