Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday promised a new legislation to “save state’s waters” if the party won with more than two-thirds majority in the upcoming elections.
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Addressing a rally in Barnala, Amarinder denied presenting a sliver spade to the then PM Indira Gandhi to inaugurate the SYL project. “ I had given silver spade once for Karsewa of Harmandar Sahib after 1984,” he said.
Accusing the Badals of failing to protect the interests of Punjab on the SYL issue, Captain Amarinder declared that “we have to teach them a lesson.”
Flanked by several Congress leaders, including AICC in-charge of Punjab affairs, Asha Kumari, and Barnala legislator Kewal Singh Dhillon, Captain Amarinder promised to waive property tax charges for those with income up to Rs 2.5 lakh and substantially lower the same for other sections of the society once in power. He assured the people that free power subsidy in the state would continue and the Atta Dal scheme currently in place will be further expanded to include tea and sugar.
“There’s something wrong with their (Badals) blood. They are all liars and looters, who have been plundering Punjab day in and day out for the past 10 years,” said he said, asserting that they would not be allowed to get away with their sins. “I will ensure that they are punished and sent to jail if found guilty.”
Lashing out at Badal for his `sangat darshans’, where “God knows how many cheques are passed every day,” Captain Amarinder said no effort would be spared to bring the Akali leaders to book.
Referring to the alleged transport mafia being run by the Badals, along with cable, sand and other mafias, the Punjab Congress leader asserted that his government will snatch the transport network from them and hand it over the unemployed youth of the state. He reiterated his promise of one job per family once the reigns of Punjab are in the hands of his party.