Congratulating the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidates for thumping win in the zila parishad and block samiti elections, cabinet minister Bikram Majithia has said the people of Punjab have rejected the Congress completely and it will face similar drubbing in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing mediapersons on Tuesday, Majithia said, "The Congress leaders of Punjab who occupy good positions in the UPA government have failed to raise the voice of Punjabis. This is the reason that now people have shown the Congress the door."
Stressing that people's mandate in favour of the SAD-BJP combine has exposed the 'fake' hype created by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa, the Akali minister said, "I hope that the Congress would now understand the ground reality."
"I challenge Partap Bajwa to contest the Lok Sabha election from Gurdaspur. If Bajwa contests, people will show him the door too," added Majithia.
"Starting from the Vidhan Sabha polls the Akali Dal has seen regular wins. Be it DSGMC polls, Moga bypoll, SGPC elections and now the zila parishad and block samiti polls. People are fed up with anti-people policies of the Congress and that is the reason that the SAD-BJP combine has done well," he added.
Majithia claimed that fearing defeat, many Congress candidates tried to run away from the polls by intentionally filling the nomination papers in an improper manner.
Talking of his own constituency, Majitha, the minister said, "Out of the four zila parishad seats, two were won unopposed by SAD candidates and in the other two, the Kathunangal seat was won by SAD candidate Resham Singh Bhullar by a huge margin of 15,000 votes thereby resulting in forfeiture of security deposit of the opponent.
Similarly, from the two seat of the Bhangali zone, SAD candidate Zail Singh Gopalpura has won by nearly 11,500 votes. the party candidates won by huge margins so much so that on eight seats the security deposits of the Congress candidates were forfeited.
To a question regarding a few incidents wherein violence and murders took place before the elections, Majithia said, "We condemn the incidents of Patti and Chak Mishri Khan. But murders over there were result of personal enmity and it was not poll violence." The cars damaged in Lambi also belonged to Akali workers.