Kulwinder Sandhu, Tribune News Service
Moga, November 14. Punjab needs to make a new beginning to usher in an era of development by taking a firm stand against corruption, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Captain Amarinder Singh said at a public rally at Baghapurana today.
Attracting investment in the industrial sector, improving the socio-economic status of the poor and marginal farmers and creating job avenues was a must.
Scoffing at CM Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal, the Congress leader said they had no development agenda. “Facing an uncertain future, lakhs of youths have taken to drugs, which is an alarming signal for the state”, he said.
Accusing the ruling coalition of doing little to check the drug mafia, he said: “After coming to power, I will take stern action against drug traffickers.”
Captain Amarinder said the Akalis had “sold police stations and revenue offices to local jathedars who were forcing the police and revenue authorities to make money.”
Local MLAs Darshan Singh Brar, Ajit Singh Shant, Joginder Singh Panjgraian, president of Punjab Mahila Congress Dr Malti Thapar, senior party leaders Surinder Singla, Arvind Khanna, district president Jagdarshan Kaur, former MLA Vijay Sathi, youth leaders Dr Harjot Kamal and Gursharanveer Singh Paggy were present at the rally.
Senior party leader Jagmeet Singh Brar, CLP Leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and local MLA Joginder Pal Jain were not at the rally. Brar was said to be in Goa and Bhattal was in Delhi on some personal work while Jain was at Mehraj (Bathinda) to monitor preparations for the party rally.