The All India Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Friday blasted the Akali Dal-BJP leadership for what he alleged ‘turning this sensitive border state into a river of drugs affecting the very future of the youth and the region’.
He was addressing a massive and responsive rally at Kalanaur near the international border in the Dera Baba Nanak Assembly segment, in support of the state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur.
Ahmed said the sea of humanity that had turned up at the rally in this remote corner of the constituency was an strong indication that the people would send back packing what he called the Akali Dal-BJP’s ‘paratrooper candidate’ , Vinod Khanna and Sucha Singh Chhotepur, fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party.
He said Bajwa had been entrusted with the responsibility to lead the party by the high command for a special task which he had been carrying out very efficiently and successfully with the result that the party had got strengthened in the constituency every day. He said the party high command was standing like a wall behind Bajwa.
Coming down heavily on the Akali Dal-BJP government, he said smuggling was being patronised by the ministers as had been revealed by Jagdish Bhola, an ex-cop arrested by the police in Rs. 5000 crore smuggling racket who had spilled the beans in front of journalists. He said this government was playing with the future of the youth and also the state itself.
He said the present election was a fight between two diametrically opposite ideologies. The Congress, he pointed out was a symbol of all inclusive secular ideology without which this diverse country could not be kept united. He said that the Bharatiya Janata Party in general and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi symbolized the most dangerous communal and divisive approach. He said Narendra Modi presided over the Gujarat communal massacre, but had never expressed any remorse for the same, what to talk of apology.
He slammed Modi for misleading the people about the so called ‘pink revolution’. He said the export of meat products during the NDA regime had touched 3.5 lakh metric tonnes. Not only that, in Gujarat, it had increased to 22,000 tonnes from 10,000 tonnes per annum. He said Modi had always tried to mislead the people by distorting or ignoring facts.
He said yet another example of the treatment being meted out to the minorities in Gujarat was the case of the Sikh farmers settled in Kutch area of that state who were facing the threat of eviction. These farmers who were issued evictions orders from the lands they had been cultivating for about 50 years had been given relief by the Gujarat High Court but the Modi government went in for appeal against this order to the Supreme Court.
He said Badal had failed persuade Modi to withdraw this SLP from the Supreme Court. He said this was the real face of the man whom Badal had been projecting as the prime ministerial candidate.
Blasting the Gujarat model of development, he said Modi had sold out his state to the corporate sector and the Adani group was allotted 45,000 acres of land for peanuts. He alleged that now the corporate sector was managing his poll campaign at the national level.
He appealed to the people to strengthen the hands of Mr. Bajwa and send him to the Lok Sabha with a record margin.