As part of a series of mass-contact programmes being organised by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) in each assembly constituency, a 'Halla Bol' rally was organised on the grounds of the grain market here on Tuesday.
The PPCC chief, Partap Singh Bajwa, who was supposed to address the rally could not make it as his flight from Delhi could not take off due to bad weather there. Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal addressed the gathering of over 2,000 Congress workers, who remained glued to their seats in the open pandal despite dense fog.
Bhattal criticised the SAD-BJP government for making false promises to the people of Punjab and said the atta-dal scheme proposed to begin from December 1 had proved a hoax. "The SAD-BJP government had wasted crores of rupees on the publicity of the atta-dal scheme and misled the poor people. The new atta-dal scheme is an adoption of food security progamme of the UPA government, which is giving subsidy on both wheat and dal. Beneficiaries of the atta-dal scheme were not given any commodity for the past over a year," she said, adding that not even a single promise made by SAD and BJP during elections was fulfilled.
Badal had sole motive to continue in Power and all his moves are aimed at driving the people of Punjab to slavery, she said, adding that, "High taxes being imposed by the SAD-BJP government are not justified while the Badal family was wasting public funds on leisure activities and paying crores of rupees to film stars and private image building companies to stay in limelight."
Congress spokesperson and former Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira said, "Sukhbir has emerged as Mr 25% in the state. He has been forcing all the profit-making organisations to keep his share in their profit. On the one hand, the industrial units are migrating from the state by shutting their businesses, on the other hand he is claiming a huge investment of over Rs 65,000 crores in state. This is just a hypothetical state to fool the public," Khaira said.
He alleged that the SAD-BJP government was responsible for the present state of affairs in the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar. He said attempts were being made to hand over PIMS to a private chain of hospitals. He demanded that control of PIMS should be given to the Punjab medical education department so that poor patients can be benefitted.
Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema attacked the state government for allegedly promoting drug menace in Punjab. "Their leaders are found having links with drug kingpins in the state," he said.
Ferozepur MLA Parminder Singh Pinki said new investment was not coming to Punjab due to poor law and order situation and due to sense of insecurity among the business community.