Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday gave a clarion call to leaders of all political parties from Majha region to support him in becoming Punjab chief minister in 2017, stating "the stage is already set for him for this achievement".
Emerging out of the deputy commissioner's office, Bajwa, who is seeking his re-election from Gurdaspur, said he was already state chief of the Congress and only needed the election of party candidates in majority in the assembly elections to be held in 2017.
Terming himself a fully grown up political tree, Bajwa said he just wanted that tree to bear fruit in the form of the next chief minister of Punjab.
Hitting back at Capt Amarinder Singh for advising him to concentrate on his election to ensure his win as MP from Gurdaspur, Bajwa said with the support of his party and people he would be able to fulfil his long-cherished dream of becoming chief minister in 2017.
In reply to a query, Bajwa said after forging an alliance with the Congress, People's Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal had expressed his desire to contest the parliamentary election from Bathinda on the Congress ticket, and he had sent him the party letter authorising him to contest on the Congress symbol. Bajwa explained that it did not mean merger of the PPP with the Congress, though he said Manpreet's future was more secure in the Congress.
Commenting on his arch rival BJP's Vinod Khanna, Bajwa said Khanna never shared the woes of Gurdaspur residents during the dark days of terrorism. Bajwa said Khanna did not visit Gurdaspur even after his defeat in the last parliamentary election. He asked the people to outvote Khanna.
Earlier in the morning, he paid obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar where he was accompanied by his wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, brother Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa and party leader Gurvinder Singh Mamanke.