Tribune News Service
Moga, February 21. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh today held a road show in support of party candidate Vijay Sathi Braving intermittent drizzling, Amarinder Singh chose not to take an umbrella as he stood in an open car.
A former Chief Minister, the PPCC chief was an immediate hit with the locals who came out of their shops and houses to shower petals on him. A few of them even got a chance to shake hands and pose for a photograph with him.
Talking to The Tribune, he said, “If the love and affection bestowed by people in today’s road show is any indication, the Congress will win by a comfortable margin.”
Also, he did not rule out simultaneous elections to the Punjab assembly along with that of the Lok Sabha, scheduled for 2014. “The victory in Moga bypoll will change the course of politics in the state,” he claimed.
Addressing party workers and leaders while wrapping up his three-week campaign, the Punjab Congress chief exhorted them to keep their momentum alive and show the same enthusiasm in the run-up to the parliamentary elections.
“The disintegration of the Akalis will start once the bypoll result is declared (and Congress wins). Subsequently, the state government will also fall. So, do not think your job is over. Rather, it has just begun,” he told his workers repeatedly during the road show.
Amarinder Singh also hit out at Sukhbir Badal and Bikramjit Singh Majithia: “Do not take it for granted that you (Badals) are going to rule for full five years.”
The Pradesh Congress president claimed that even a large section of the Akali leadership and workers were “feeling suffocated under the dictatorial, autocratic and arrogant attitude of Sukhbir and Majithia and all of them were waiting for the right opportunity to settle their differences”.
“Sukhbir will realise after the bypoll result that the local Akalis themselves defeated their candidate. The local BJP leadership is also unhappy over Jain’s induction in the SAD,” he said.
Citing the “hostile” response that Sukhbir got from lawyers during the Moga Bar Association function yesterday, Amarinder Singh said the behaviour indicated the angry mood of the public, “which would be reflected in the by-election on the polling day”.
While seeking votes for Sathi, he urged the electorate to compare for themselves as to who was a better candidate.
“On one side, you have an honest and sincere worker in Sathi who owns just a five-marla house and has never used politics to accumulate wealth. On other side, you have Akali candidate Jain whom even Sukhbir used to describe as a smuggler till recently,” he said.