Marking his presence in Punjab's politics after a long time, former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Amarinder Singh, who was in Sangrur on Tuesday to mark the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi and death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, said that the prime motive behind organising rallies will be to strengthen Congress cadre in the state in view of parliamentary elections next year.
He said that he will start separate rallies at different places across the state soon, beginning September.
"Congress workers will be motivated. I exhort them to work for the Congress party to ensure better results by exposing the hollowness of the development claims of the SAD-BJP government," Amarinder said.
Amarinder said concrete efforts would also be made to ensure that Akali workers and leaders joined Congress and Congress rebels would also be brought back to the party fold.
"Being a CWC member, my responsibility is to ensure the cadres were mobilised and to prevent exodus of workers from the party. I will ensure that Congress workers will be given an appropriate stature. Some SAD leaders might also join the Congress," he said.
However, replying to queries regarding his absence from rallies of PCC chief Pratap Singh Bajwa, Amarinder said it was not necessary and mandatory for him to be present in Bajwa rallies.
"Bajwa is doing his job as PCC chief, while being a CWC member I am doing my job. Bajwa's job is to work for the party and to oversee its working, while mine is to mobilise the cadre."
Ending speculations over fielding Manpreet Badal as a joint candidate of the Congress and the People's Party of Punjab from Bathinda in the Lok Sabha elections, Amarinder said it was too early to comment.
"Only the party high command is entitled to distribute tickets. The state leadership has nothing to do with it," he said. Addressing a gathering, Amarinder asserted Rajiv-Longowal Accord was still relevant in the present scenario to resolve issues of the state and to maintain law and order situation.
"The state government has totally ignored warnings of regrouping of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), a terrorist group in the state, the repercussions of which could be serious. Such reports will not only discourage investors into the state, but also evoke fear in the minds of common man," he said.
Leader of the opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sunil Jakhar, Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna, Rana Gurjit Singh, Rajpura MLA Hardyal Kamboj also paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi and Sant Longowal.