In Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s first ‘Punjab Bachao’ rally in Dana Mandi, Sangrur, its leaders maintained that the party will win the 2017 elections only if they were united. Despite this, Congress leader Captain Amarinder, the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, was absent from the proceedings.
Stressing the point, Congress leader Dr Shakeel Ahmad said, “If we are united, victory is ours for sure.”
Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa said Punjab CM Badal needed to do more for welfare of the farmers.
“CM Badal should sit on a fast unto death outside the house of PM Narendra Modi to demand waiver of Rs 51,000 crores debt of farmers and he should take the entire Opposition into confidence on the issue. Even I will follow him in this fast,” he said. He mentioned that the Central government under the UPA had already waived off Rs 27,000 crores of farmers debt.
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Bajwa also asked the people to not vote for the AAP as it will help the SAD-BJP alliance.
Indian Youth Congress National President Amarinder Raja Warring, former Punjab CM and Lehragaga Congress MLA Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also spoke on the occas ion and they too focused on a united face of Congress.
“Punjab Bachao rally is focused on reviving the Congress in Punjab and to show that the party is one and has no factions,” Bhattal and Warring maintained. The rally was organised by former Congress MLA SS Sibia. Former Congress MP from Sangrur Vijayinder Singla, former PPCC President SS Dullo too were present.
The next Punjab Congress rally will be held in Gurdaspur on September 13.
Captain Amarinder on the other hand is organising rallies independently under the name ‘mission 2017’ with the slogan ‘Capt Liyao, Punjab Bachao’. His camp will hold a rally in Dirba of Sangrur district on September 4.
Ahmad sought to deflect questions over split in the Congress. “Every senior leader can conduct his rallies. It will only strengthen the party,” he said.