With Punjab assembly elections turning into a four-cornered contest, the Congress is taking solace in surveys by the state and central intelligence and other government agencies to predict its victory.
Talking to a select mediapersons on Monday evening, Amarinder said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) surveys were still on but those by government agencies are placing the party in the first slot with 51% vote share, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) second with 31% and the SAD-BJP third with less than 20%.
RAHUL’S MEGA RALLY IN MOGA
He said AAP’s graph in Punjab, including its popularity among NRIs, has gone down. “There were about 40,000 people from all over Punjab at the AAP rally at Baghapurana. We will hold a rally of 5 lakh people before the paddy procurement season starts as farmers get busy then. We are waiting for the dates of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who will attend the rally,” he said.
Amarinder claimed the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) announcing its support to the Congress after winning the student council polls was an indicator that the youth was with the party. “They have seen the governance model of the AAP in Delhi and are disenchanted by it now,” he said, adding that the verdict of the Supreme Court on Sehajdhari Sikhs too will bring many to the Congress fold.
‘Doval a total failure’
Reacting to Uri terror attack, Amarinder said national security adviser Ajit Doval was a “total failure”. Advocating Israel’s policy of “eye for an eye”, Amarinder said unless stringent action is taken, Pakistan-sponsored terror groups will continue to attack our forces. “Retaliatory action is needed to keep up the morale of our forces.