Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday urged party workers to begin preparations for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and exuded confidence that the party will win all 13 Parliamentary seats in the state. Addressing the Congress cadre as he launched a state-wide tour at his home Parliamentary constituency of Gurdaspur,Bajwa exhorted the workers to first ensure the partys victory in the panchayat and municipal elections and use the opportunity to rehearse for the major poll battle in 2014.
He further urged party workers to not get demoralised by the successive defeats in the Assembly polls. The success of the Akali Dal was not an achievement but a major tragedy on the people of Punjab. The SAD-BJP alliance had manipulated the victory by unfair means despite having lost the confidence of voters, the Congress president said.
The mess created by the SAD-BJP government in almost every field has driven the state to the brink of bankruptcy. All sections of people are crying for survival. Heavy property tax was imposed on the urban population but the government was forced to reconsider it due to pressure from the Congress party. We will not allow SAD-BJP government to impose heavy taxes, Bajwa added.
Asserting that the law and order situation was the biggest casualty of the present SAD-BJP tenure,the Gurdaspur MP said time was ripe for the Congress to play its role as a responsible Opposition and provide effective leadership to people who are fed up with the present regime.
He also accused the Badal government of discriminating against the border areas. I had proposed to set up a Central University at Pathankot where 300 acres of land had already been procured. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had also wanted the university to come up in the border areas but due to political reasons it was shifted near Badal village, Bajwa said.