Captain: Bypoll result will silence ‘arrogant’ Sukhbir, Majithia
Tribune News Service
Moga, February 11. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh today claimed that the Moga residents will give a befitting reply to the “arrogant” duo of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and his brother-in-law Bikram Majithia.
Addressing a public gathering at Charik village for Congress candidate Vijay Kumar Sathi, Amarinder said the Moga people will change the political scenario in Punjab by voting against the “anti-people” and “repressive” policies of the SAD-BJP government. The byelection is scheduled for February 23.
“Sukhbir and Majithia have spoiled the socio-economic balance of the otherwise prosperous Punjab for their personal interests,” he said.
Once defeated in the bypoll, the state Congress chief said, the downfall of the Akalis would automatically begin. “The greater impact will be witnessed in the next parliamentary elections when the SAD will be routed completely….
Byelections have usually been trendsetters. In Moga, the Congress will re-script the Adampur bypoll victory of 1998,” he said.
Amarinder also warned that the Akalis should not take it for granted that they would remain in power for the rest of their tenure. “Given the track record of the Akalis of poor governance and deteriorating law and order situation in the last six years, their government can fall any time,” he said.
Claiming that he had gauged the mood of the electorate during his stay in Moga for the past over a week, he said it was because of the “poor” state of affairs that the people were fed up with the government.
The PPCC president said the recent incidents of crime involving Akali leaders and workers had angered the state people and they wanted to teach the government a lesson.
Banking on his father Sathi Roop Lal’s legacy, Vijay Sathi said he had a “clean image and, therefore, was most suitable to be elected”.
Amarinder and Sathi also addressed gatherings at Malliana, Patti Sandhuan, Tarewala, Chupkiti and a few locations in Moga city.
Several Congress leaders in line to join SAD: Sukhbir
Tribune News Service
Moga, February 11. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today claimed that more Congress leaders wanted to join the ruling party but “we will pick only diamonds from among the stones.”
Campaigning for party candidate Joginder Pal Jain at Sadda Singh Wala, Kahan Singh Wala, Thamanwala and Jhandewala villages, Badal claimed that the Congress was on the verge of extinction, not only in Punjab but on other parts of the country too.
He said the SAD would welcome only those leaders who believed in the SAD vision. The fact that more and more Congress leaders were joining the SAd was an indication of the confidence that the people have in the SAD-BJP alliance.
Criticising the Congress for its negative campaign, he said the Congress leadership was taking up non-issues as there were no real issues against the SAD-BJP government. He claimed that the SAD-BJP victories were nothing but the triumph of the pro-people policies of the the Parkash Singh Badal-led government.
Candidate Profile; PPP’s Ravinder Dhaliwal eyes youth vote bank
Kulwinder Sandhu, Tribune News Service
Moga, February 11. Contesting from Moga for the second time on the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) ticket, 44-year-old Ravinder Singh Dhaliwal is hopeful that he would be able to pocket the youth votes.
In last year’s assembly election, Dhaliwal had secured more than 9,800 votes. A graduate in veterinary science and a post-graduate in business management, his vote share was more than 7 per cent in 2012.
Prior to joining politics, Dhaliwal used to work as a manager in corporate communications with a multi-national food processing company. Currently, he is into real estate business.
PPP chief Manpreet Badal claims that Dhaliwal was influenced by the party’s ideology and, therefore, left his fat-salary job and jumped into the election fray.
Dhaliwal, along with Manpreet, has adopted the traditional style of campaigning in Moga city by going door to door. In villages, the duo also holds ‘nukkar sabhas’.
Claiming that he is getting “favourable” response from the electorate, the PPP nominee says the people are fed up with both the mainstream parties (the SAD and the Congress).
“The Moga voters, particularly the educated youth, are disappointed with turncoat Joginder Pal Jain who first represented the Congress and now is seeking re-election on the SAD ticket. As such, people are not interested in both the parties with which Jain is associated. They will vote for change,” he says.