Punjab Congress united; Akalis frustrated: Bajwa
Punjab Congress today said the party was united and SAD-BJP combine is set to face a defeat on all 13 Lok sabha seats in the State.Updated: Apr 01, 2014 21:23 IST
Punjab Congress today said the party was united and SAD-BJP combine is set to face a defeat on all 13 Lok sabha seats in the State.
"Congress in Punjab is united ...with the fielding of senior leaders in the fray the party has been strengthened ... while SAD-BJP combine is set to face the biggest defeat in the State by losing on all seats," PCC Chief Partap Singh Bajwa told reporters here.
He was addressing the mediapersons after formally re-inducting veteran party leader Bir Devinder Singh into the partyfold.
Bajwa, who was accompanied by senior party leaders, including former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Laal Singh, said Akalis have become "frustrated" due to "unity" among the rank and file of Congress ahead of hustings.
On the contest for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat between Jaitley and Congress candidate Amarinder Singh, Bajwa took a jibe at Jaitley calling him a "poor person" who has been "sacrificed" by the BJP at the "instance" of Akalis.
On the differences with Amarinder Singh, he said that "I will campaign for Amarinder...I will work every inch to ensure Amarinder's win."
When asked that Amarinder had pitched for an acting President of PPCC as Bajwa is contesting polls from Gurdaspur, the state Congress Chief said high command has to take a call on the issue. Amarinder has suggested sitting MLA and veteran leader Laal Singh to be appointed Acting President recently at Patiala.
He said that people of Punjab were fed up due to "mafia raj" of Akalis. "The Akalis have taken control of everything in the state, including the business of sand, liquor and cable," he alleged.
Talking about his Gurdaspur seat where he is locking horns with actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna, Bajwa said that "the actor had already accepted his defeat by claiming before people while seeking votes that he is fighting his last poll."
"He (Khanna) is good in dialogue delivery, but not in politics," he said rejecting that the two-time former MP Khanna can match him in politics.
Punjab is going to polls on April 30 with the poll process to start in the state from tomorrow.
As per the seat sharing agreement SAD contest ten seats while its ally BJP three. At present Congress has eight seats in its kitty whereas SAD four and its ally BJP one.