Congress legislative party (CLP) leader in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Charanjit Singh Channi said on Sunday that youth in Punjab, who were attracted towards the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in state, as they were disappointed, now are looking up to Congress. Channi said this during week-long cycle rally ‘Jawani Sambhal Yatra’.
The rally is aimed at raising youth related issues. The rally reached Goniana, Bathinda from Kotkapura in Faridkot and it will conclude in Talwandi Sabo on Monday.
“Drugs trafficking, corruption and unemployment are affecting the youth of the state under the present SAD-BJP government,” said Channi.The Congress will address these issues if it comes to power in Punjab after 2017 assembly polls, said Channi.
The yatra will cover over 300 kilometer of distance and pass through as many as 24 assembly segments, said Channi. Channi was accompanied by national president of Indian Youth Congress and Gidderbaha MLA, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.
Reacting on the evacuation of residents from villages along India-Pakistan border in Punjab after surgical strikes by the army at the terror launch pads in Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK) Channi said that SAD-BJP want to take mileage out of the situation and asked the residents not to vacate their villages.
Channi announced to build memorial for the two persons killed in the police firing in Behbal Kalan October last year during a protest against desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari and announced to meet their families on Monday.
He also met Rupinder Singh who along with his brother Jaswinder Singh was arrested by Punjab police in the Bargari case of desecration.
Both brothers were released after police pleaded before court that they were no longer required in judicial custody.
He assured to reopen the Behbal Kalan firing case as soon as the Congress forms government and punish culprits. Channi also blamed Punjab government’s failure to make adequate arrangements for smooth procurement of paddy crop.
“This government has always failed in every procurement season, be it for wheat, paddy or cotton,” said Chaanni.
“What is all the more intriguing is that the participants are the same in every procurement season and arrangements also have to be same,” said Channi. “Despite all this, farmers face harassment every season, all the more so when chief minister Parkash Singh Badal claims himself as a champion of farmer’s rights,” Channi said.