The activists of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) used a 'kundi' (illegal) connection to steal electricity for its rally at the Transport Nagar here on Sunday.
The rally was attended by national president of INTUC, Dinesh Sundriyal, state president Malwinder Singh Lucky and senior congress leader Avtar Singh Henry among others.
The transmission wires were connected to the nearby transformer situated on the main road, for direct power supply to the marquee for the rally.
When pointed out that an illegal power connection was used at the rally site, Lucky said that he was not aware of this and claimed that he had arranged for a generator and also a diesel engine for the function.
He said that explanation would be sought in this regard from the erring workers of INTUC and if found guilty, action would be taken against them.
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) superintending engineer Gopal Sharma said that he was not aware about the matter and the corporation would issue a theft notice to INTUC before taking punitive action against him. "Provide us with evidence. I assure you stern action will be taken," he said.
INTUC was also caught on the wrong foot by informing media persons that state congress president Partap Singh Bajwa would attend the rally. But when media persons reached at the rally spot, they were told that Bajwa was not coming to the rally due to his engagements in Delhi.
When questioned on the matter, Lucky said that he got information that the state president was not coming to the rally at 3 pm only.
Talking to mediapersons, INTUC president Dinesh Sundriyal said that INTUC would soon highlight problems faced by labour class in Punjab and the wrong doings of the SAD-BJP government through these rallies throughout the state.
He said that state government had promised that it would construct houses for labourers before assembly elections in 2012 but nothing had been done so far.
He said that congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi has asked INTUC leaders to connect labourers with the congress party. He said the Congress would announce policies and programmes for the labour class in the party's manifesto for the coming general elections.
Sundriyal asked labourers to get themselves registered with their contractors, so that they could get benefits of various schemes run by the central government.