The Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa Monday launched his much-awaited state-wide tour of all 117 Assembly constituencies from the historic Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara. High on symbolism,Bajwa launched the mass contact programme by paying obeisance at the gurdwara,as well as Roja Sharif and Usha Mata Temple. He later hit out against divisive and communal politics of BJP and its ally Akali Dal.
Adressing a meeting at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib assembly constituency,he gave a clarion call to party workers to roll up their sleeves to win the 2014 Parliament elections with a thumping majority. Bajwa said his aim was to mobilise the party cadre from here due to the historical and religious importance of Fatehgarh Sahib.
Dismissing reports of any rift in the Congress among the top state leadership,he said all leaders are fully united and ready to face the challenge of Lok Sabha elections. He asked party workers to expose the misdeeds of SAD-BJP regime and propagate the achievements of UPA government. Punjab is at the brink of social and economic disaster and is facing serious threat to law and order. The SAD-BJP leaders were bent upon disturbing the hard-earned peace by harbouring criminals and drug mafia to serve their vested interests, he said.
Bajwa alleged that in the recently concluded panchayat elections the SAD-BJP alliance had indulged in booth-capturing,violence against opposition leaders and workers. For the first time in the states history,gang wars between organised groups of criminals belonging to Shiromani Akali Dal were witnessed. Law and order situation in the state had slipped out of control and life and property of people are not safe, he said.
He said the Congress was determined to pass the Food Security Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament next month. He praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for extending the Kolkata-Delhi eastern corridor to Amritsar.
The Eastern Industrial Corridor would pass through Fatehgarh Sahib,Ludhiana,Jalandhar and Amritsar districts and three new low-cost airports would be constructed at Ludhiana,Jalandhar and Ferozepur, he said. Others who addressed the meeting included Fatehgarh Sahib MP Sukhdev Singh Libra,vice-president Charanjit Singh Channi,AICC secretary and Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra,former PCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo and MLAs Gurkirat Singh Kotli MLA and Lakhbir Singh Lakha.