Union minister of state for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari on Sunday asked the party workers and leaders to stay united, as political atmosphere in the state was favourable for the Congress to win the Lok Sabha elections.
People were fed up with the seven-year misrule of the Akali-BJP alliance, he told senior party leaders and prominent workers during a Congress meeting at Mullanpur Dakha near here. "The Akalis and Bharatiya Janata Party have only made hoax promises," said Tewari, advising people to ask the Akalis for balance sheet of performance against claims.
"The only place where they have unbeaten record is in accumulating the state debts and pushing Punjab towards bankruptcy," said the information and broadcasting minister, adding: "Compared with that, people are aware of the 10 years of great achievements of the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) regime at the Centre."
Defeat in the parliamentary elections would hopefully serve as a warning to the Akalis and they might pay some attention to public welfare, he said, asking workers to create awareness against "fascist and divisive" forces.
Former legislator Jassi Khangura also spoke.