Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa has said that Punjab Congress will shortly launch an agitation against property tax, increasing menace of drugs, allegedly being smuggled into the state under political patronage of the ruling party leaders, and non-payment of dues under the shagun scheme and pensions.
Bajwa started his three-day thanksgiving tour of the Bathinda parliamentary constituency from Budhlada in Mansa district on Wednesday. Joint candidate of Congress-PPP and left parties for the parliamentary constituency Manpreet Singh Badal also accompanied Bajwa during his tour. Manpreet had lost the seat to SAD's Harsimrat Kaur badal by a narrow margin of 20,000 votes.
Bajwa told party workers to start making preparations for the assembly byelection at Talwandi Sabo, which is part of the Bathinda parliamentary seat.
Referring to former Congressman-turned-Akali leader Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Bajwa said the people should give a befitting reply to those who have betrayed the Congress for vested interests.
He said the Congress would also highlight the issues concerning industry and sugarcane farmers during the agitation.
He said the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel and cooking gas was on the anvil, that would further lead to all-round increase in prices of all other commodities. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, whose party is an NDA partner, should explain this concept of "ache din", he added.
Other Congress leaders, who accompanied him, included Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, MLA; Harminder Singh Jassi, former MLA; Khushbaz Singh Jatana, Youth Congress president, Bathinda, and others.