Punjab revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday dared PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa to contest the ensuing Lok Sabha election from Gurdaspur to test his popularity in his home district.
He said that AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi was refusing to be projected as the prime ministerial candidate and Bajwa was running away from his constituency, which indicated that the Congress was foreseeing defeat in the upcoming polls.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the sub- tehsil office and the patwar workstation here, Majithia said that Congress leaders were preferring to take the Rajya Sabha route to reach Delhi, instead of contesting elections.
He challenged union minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chowdhary, who represents Hoshiarpur, to name a single project she got approved for the state or her own constituency. After 10 years of dismal performance of the Congress-led UPA government, the electorate was set to give it a drubbing, he added, predicting a landslide victory for the BJP and its allies.
Majithia said that the SAD-BJP combine would contest Lok Sabha elections on development agenda and win all 13 Lok Sabha seats of the state. Countering allegations of the sick fiscal health of the state, he said that Rs 400 crore worth of infrastructure projects were going on in the revenue department only.
He said that the National Land Records Modernisation Programme (NLRMP) has taken the Punjab Land Records Society (PLRS) under its ambit keeping in view the exemplary work of computerisation of land records done by the state and by covering 12,823 out of a total 13,004 villages, adding that 163 out of 167 computerised fard kendras had become operational.
Later, interacting with mediapersons, Majithia refuted charges of his alleged involvement in the drug trade, stating that a desperate Congress was making false accusations against SAD leaders. He said that the Congress always used central agencies, especially the CBI, to set political scores with its opponents.