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Moga bypolls have paved way for Captain's ouster

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, March 01, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(1/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:19 IST(2/3/2013)

Taking a dig at the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Captain Amarinder Singh, chief spokesman and general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra on Friday said the SAD wished Amarinder a long tenure as the state Congress chief.

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“Elevation of Amarinder as the PPCC chief has really been lucky for the SAD. Every election the Congress party has contested in his leadership has consolidated our position further,” said Chandumajra, while addressing a press conference here.

The former member of parliament said, “Be it state assembly polls, civic body polls, Dasuya bypolls or the Moga bypolls, the Congress under Captain's leadership has received humiliation only.”

“However, the thumping victory for SAD in the Moga bypolls has paved the way for his ouster as the state party chief, as he had personally camped in the constituency for over a month. It was his last chance and he has lost it badly,” said Chandumajra.

Commenting on Friday's hike in petrol prices, the SAD spokesman said, “Only God knows what the UPA government has decided to do with the fate of the poor and the middle class.”

“After presenting Friday's callous budget, the UPA has shocked the poor by increasing the prices of petrol. This government has become insensitive to the people and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is behaving like a numb leader, who cannot hear the cries of the 'aam aadmi',” said the SAD leader.

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