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Stae Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday said that party was ready for alliance with secular forces in Punjab in the wake of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
While addressing workers in Ludhiana,Bajwa in his speech indicated that the vote share of the Communist alliance partners (read Sajha Morcha) ate nearly 6 per cent of votes in the Vidhan Sabha polls. This would had been our plus point,had there been an alliance, he said.
Bajwa,while asking workers to be ready for being injured and even going to jail,said: In the upcoming panchayati polls,we will not tolerate any injustice. We know that the ruling alliance always has an upper edge,but we will not allow them to overpower us. To lodge our protest,we will protest even if we are jailed or beaten with lathis.
Reacting to the delay in the implementation of property tax in Punjab,Bajwa said: The credit for this belongs to us. It happened because of protest by Congress. It is equivalent to the Jazia tax,which was imposed by Auranjeb on non-Muslims. The Badals are misleading the people by saying that the Centre has asked for implementation of this tax. In fact,the Centre had asked for imposing nominal property tax in states where house tax was not implemented.
Our next fight will be to expose the sand mafia. I myself will raiding places where mining is done at night and that too at unauctioned quarries. This loot worth crores will be unveiled by the the Congress from next month, he added.
Taking a dig at the Badal government,Bajwa said: The government has failed to fulfil even a single promise made in the poll manifesto. While no money is coming in the Shagun scheme,widow and old age pensions have not been paid for for three months. Moreover,schools students are being charged fee while no one has seen any free laptop.
Before Bajwa,Union Minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari asked workers to stay united.
Congress has always been defeated by Congress and not by any other party. In the coming Lok Sabha elections,we need a stable government and this can only be provided by the Congress. At this hour,we must bury our small differences and write a new history for Punjab under the leadership of the new PPCC president, said Tewari.