On the second day of his tour of 117 Assembly segments of Punjab,Partap Singh Bajwa,chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC),said that talks with Sanjha Morcha regarding a possible alliance were on. He added that they were like-minded parties and the final call would be taken by the party high command.
He further said that the new list of the PPCC working committee would be out by August 15 and he asked his party workers to gear up for the Lok Sabha elections. However,he did not comment on whether the elections would be preponed as was being stated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Addressing a meeting of party workers,Bajwa exhorted the party cadre to highlight the shortcomings of the SAD-BJP government,particularly about the unkept promises of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal,MP from Bathinda constituency,of which Mansa is a part.
He categorically maintained that there were no differences within the party and he stated that Sukhbir Badal and his close associates were just spreading rumours.
The Badal family drew its political strength from Malwa,but havent helped people come out of poverty and misery. They have been selective in development to suit their political needs. Bathinda was not on their agenda before the Badals decided to field Harsimrat Kaur Badal from this seat. The Badal family brought the drug culture to Malwa and spread the menace to secure votes, he said.
The PPCC chief added that a large number of people in Malwa were suffering from cancer and they had no place to go for proper treatment. He also said that SAD had,in its election manifesto,promised free treatment for cancer patients,but no hospital had been set up here. Cancer patients are being fleeced by private hospitals that charge between Rs 5 to 10 lakh. People are forced to go to Bikaner in Rajasthan,where certain hospitals charge around Rs1.5 lakh for treatment. Centre has approved a cancer hospital for Malwa region to be set up in Sangrur district at a cost of Rs 500 crore, Bajwa said.
He complimented party workers for putting up a good show in the recently concluded Panchayat,Block Samiti and Zila Parishad elections. He said that victory of Congress candidates in Mansa and Bathinda was giving sleepless nights to Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
He reiterated that the Food Security Bill would be passed by the Parliament in the next session that will begin on August 5. He criticised SAD and BJP for opposing the Food Security and Women Reservation Bills. He said that both parties had communal politics as a common agenda and were least bothered about the plight of people.
Law and order in the state has been deteriorating and the police force is demoralised due to political interference. People to Punjab must teach the SAD-BJP alliance a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha elections, he further said.
Sher Singh Gagowal,Harminder Singh Jassi,Ajit Inder Singh Mofar,Amarinder Singh Raja Waring and Gurpreet Kaur Dhaliwal also addressed the meeting.