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Adhikar Yatra ends, but without a bang

Sanjeev Bhalla , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, October 31, 2013
First Published: 23:46 IST(31/10/2013) | Last Updated: 23:47 IST(31/10/2013)

The Punjab Pradesh Congress failed to mobilise youth to attend a rally organised by the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) on the termination of 30-day Adhikar Yatra here on Thursday.

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Empty chairs at the site and old people carrying PYC flags challenged the claims of PYC president Vikramjeet Singh Chaudhary in terms of the rally's success.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa and national president of All-India Youth Congress (AIYC) Rajiv Satav addressed the rally. To mark their presence, every Doaba leader was present on the occasion.

Other than Kulbir Singh Zira (Khadur Sahib), Amarjeet Singh Lalli (Hoshiarpur), Kanwaljeet Singh Brar (Baghapurana), Sushil Kumar Rinku (Jalandhar west), all leaders reportedly failed to encourage youth from their respective areas to attend the rally.

“Had leaders opted to step down from the stage and sit, nearly 100 chairs would have been occupied to give a better impression of the rally,” said a Congress worker present at the rally.
Many Congress workers from Phillaur assembly constituency, home town of the PYC president, were ferried to the spot to attend the rally and former minister Santokh Singh Chaudhary was seen instructing policemen to stop workers from leaving the spot.

The rally started around two hours late and till Chaudhary, Satav and Bajwa came to address the rally, most of the people had left the place.

Chaudhary highlighted the UPA government's achievements and flayed the state government. Satav attacked the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by calling him “Feinku”. “Modi
exaggerates facts in his speeches. Man who calls August 15 as Republic Day cannot be fit to be the prime minister of the country. The BJP is left with no agenda except personifying Modi,” he said, appealing youth to vote the UPA to power again.

Bajwa appealed Congress workers to be united. “We lost the previous elections not because of workers. We sitting on the dais are responsible for the defeat. We all should set aside our differences and work for the betterment of the party.”

On being asked about the low turnout in the rally, Bajwa said: “The youth must have got tired after travelling 1,000 km on foot.”

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