FORMER CLP leader Sunil Jakhar on Thursday described new PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh as a tried and tested leader and dismissed the AAP’s chances in Punjab, saying he firmly believes that people of the state “would not experiment”.
In Bathinda to oversee preparations for the Congress’ Badlav Rally, to be held on December 15, Jakhar said the electorate was looking towards Amarinder while the Akalis were already “rehearsing to be in Opposition”.
Jakhar also urged the ruling SAD to concentrate on tackling the economic crisis in the state. “Rather than throwing challenges to Capt Amarinder, (deputy CM) Sukhbir should tackle challenges posed by the financial emergency in the state. For the past three months, none of the Punjab ministers have been to the secretariat in Chandigarh. It seems the Punjab government has even planned to mortgage the secretariat,” he added.
Jakhar dismissed the government’s position that the state’s finances were fine. “If the state’s financial position is perfect, then why have scholarships for SC students not been disbursed? A total of Rs 254 crore is yet to be disbursed to these students. The government has also failed to conduct a survey to find out farm labour who worked in cotton fields as Rs 64 crore was allocated for them”.