"I will be the chief minister of Punjab from Majha in 2017, 50 years after Partap Singh Kairon,"claimed Partap Singh Bajwa, chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, while addressing an election rally at the residence of PPCC executive member Barinder Singh Chhotepur in Dhariwal late in on Sunday evening.
Bajwa, sitting MP and Congress candidate from Gurdaspur, reminded the people that chief minister was responsible for true development of an area; however, all development projects had been centred in Bathinda under the seven-year regime of Parkash Singh Badal.
Elaborating on his statement, Bajwa said former Punjab chief ministers Capt Amarinder Singh and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also ensured over all development of their respective areas - Patiala and Sangrur - during their regime.
But if chief minister was not willing there could be no development, as was the case with Gurdaspur, he added.
He said he had prepared the ground for bringing to his constituency a rail coach factory, providing rail connectivity between Qadian and Beas, a world class central university and revival of the dying New Egerton Mill at Dhariwal, but Badal failed it all in order to deny him the credit for these.
"As per law, a project is provided by the state government concerned and no project can come up without land, but Badal refused to offer land for any of these projects,"he alleged.
He sought the voters' mandate, pleading that he was from among them, while his main rival and BJP candidate Vinod Khanna had come here from 3,000 km.
Commenting on Khanna's accusation of his (Bajwa) being absent from the constituency, he said he was appointed as the PPCC president that kept him busy.
However, hitting back at Khanna, Bajwa said what prevented Khanna from visiting the constituency in the last five years as he (Khanna) was quite free after losing the election to him (Bajwa) in 2009.
Patting his own back, Bajwa said he was instrumental in getting 'one rank one pension' executed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Commenting on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Bajwa said voting for him was as good as throwing one's vote into a well.
He suggested the voters to avoid Chhotepuer in the election as he was just a sport spoiler.