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Faction-ridden Congress leadership in Punjab harmed party: Bittu

Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, has surprised many by saying that there was factionalism among the top leaders of Congress party in Punjab. Bittu said in spite of giving strength to each other during general elections, the leaders were busy in mudslinging at each other.
By Tarsem Singh Deogan | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2014 12:41 PM IST

Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, has surprised many by saying that there was factionalism among the top leaders of Congress party in Punjab. Bittu said in spite of giving strength to each other during general elections, the leaders were busy in mudslinging at each other.

Bittu was talking to media at Circuit House after addressing a meeting with Congressmen on Monday.

The member of Parliament, who has churned out the party position in Ludhiana, said the party had been trying to figure out the reasons that why people in rural area have voted in favour of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate in spite of Congress.

“There was a strong anti-incumbency wave against SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab and the Congress had a chance to take the advantage, but the top brass of Punjab Congress was indulged in setting its personal scores.

If there were no factionalism in Punjab, Congress could have got more than nine seats in Punjab,” Bittu said.

“I had a word with the All-India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi over factionalism among party leaders, and he has shown concern about it,” he said.

Replying to a question, Bittu said there were allegations of scandals over some UPA leaders, and they did not defend their self strongly, which led to UPA’s poor perfor mance in general elections.

Bittu said, “In Punjab, Congress party that was sitting in opposition could not take up the issues of drug addiction, sand mafia and property tax issue.

Congress should hold agitations over the issues to encash the anti-incumbency wave against SAD-BJP. If leaders of Punjab Congress want to comeback, they should avoid mudslinging and should come together on the same platform.

People of Punjab did not wanted to vote SAD-BJP alliance in these general elections, but due to factionalism they have not voted in favour of Congress and have chosen AAP as their third option.

PGI, INT’L AIRPORT TO WILL TAKE SHAPE IN THREE YEARS

Ravneet Singh Bittu said he would stick to his promises that he had made before elections. “I will definitely bring PGIMER hospital to Ludhiana to provide inter national-level healthcare services at low cost to people,” he said.

He also remembered his promise of establishing international airport in Ludhiana. Bittu said, “I will talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I am sure that the PM will support us.

As PGIMER and international airport are big projects, they will take time to get completed. In the next three years, the projects will start taking shape.

Work on other issues, like development of local industry and cleanliness of Buddha Nullah will start in the next six months.”

On being asked that will the NDA government support him? Bittu said, “During the 10-year reign of UPA, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had given support to BJP and SAD for initiating new projects. I am sure that Modi will also support me.”

BITTU TO SUPPORT SAD-BJP AGAINST DRUGS

Bittu said, “I will support SAD-BJP in the drive against antidrug peddling in the state. I had initiated a crusade against drugs across Punjab, and I will support anyone who has been fighting against drug-addiction.”

“The SAD-BJP should arrest the drug suppliers instead of pushing the drugs addicts behind the bars. The jails of Punjab are dens of drugs peddlers. Former director general of police (DGP, prisons) Shashikant has also exposed it.

The government should establish de-addiction centres across the state,” he said. He also demanded CBI inquiry against revenue minister Punjab Bikram Majithiya for his alleged involvement in drug peddling.

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