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MC polls: Congress vague on agenda

The Congress seems to have done little homework for the forthcoming municipal corporation (MC) polls. The Congress leadership failed to outline any concrete plans for the city's development during a press conference held here on Thursday.

punjab Updated: May 11, 2012 14:04 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra

The Congress seems to have done little homework for the forthcoming municipal corporation (MC) polls. The Congress leadership failed to outline any concrete plans for the city's development during a press conference held here on Thursday.

Rana Gurjit Singh, the Congress campaign committee chairman and the Kapurthala MLA, harped on the failures of the ruling SAD-BJP government in the state.

The party's observer and Batala MLA Ashwani Sekhri followed suit.

He also flayed the ruling combine on several issues, including the lapse of grant worth Rs 431 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.

On persistent media queries about the party's city-specific plans, Sekhri said that he would install reverse osmosis (RO) systems in the city, as had been done by the Badal government in Malwa region.

Gurjit, however, termed the exercise in Malwa region as a 'fraud', leaving Sekhri in a rather embarrassing situation.

All Gurjit had to offer was routine issues like ensuring cleanliness, laying sewerage and water supply lines, carpeting of roads and improving fleet of local bus service.

He did not have a ward-specific plan.

"We will ensure water flow to Bist Doab canal to help raise the underground water level. This will benefit farmers and will ensure proper water supply in the city," said Gurjit.

He informed that the district congress committee (urban) had received nearly 275 applications for allotment of party tickets in 60 wards on the last day of filing names.

However, the party may extend the last date, as the election schedule is yet to be notified.

Rana Gurjit maintained that former MLAs Avtar Henry (Jalandhar-North), Jagbir Brar (Jalandhar-Cantonment), and Rajinder Beri and Suman Kaypee, party candidates from Jalandhar-Central and Jalandhar-West constituencies, respectively would be responsible for outcome of the MC polls.

"We are allotting tickets on these leaders' recommendations and they will be responsible for the same," he said.

He added that as a committee chairman, he would also be responsible for the polls.