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Rahul Gandhi officially names Capt Amarinder as Congress CM candidate
27.01.17 - TEAM PT
Rahul Gandhi officially names Capt Amarinder as Congress CM candidate



Officially announcing Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh as the party’s chief ministerial candidate, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took the Congress battle against the corrupt and criminal Akali leadership into their bastion of Majitha with the promise of waiver of farm loans, and a tough law to wipe out chitta along with jail for those responsible for playing with the lives of youth.
 
Rahul Gandhi made it clear at his first public rally in Punjab in Majitha, that Captain Amarinder would head the Congress government after the polls. Lauding Amarinder as an experienced leader who had given his sweat to Punjab, Rahul said the PPCC president would once again fulfill every promise made to the people of Punjab.
 
Pointing at Capt Amarinder Singh, who was seated on the dais, the Congress leader said, "The chief minister of Punjab will be from the state itself. And he is sitting right here."
 
Flanked by Captain Amarinder and party’s star campaigner and Amritsar East candidate Navjot Singh, Rahul Gandhi appealed to the people of Punjab to join hands with the Congress to revive the fortunes of the state and to collectively work towards the establishment of Punjabiyat.
 
Rahul and Captain , in their respective address, promised cancellation of all the fake cases filed against innocent people by the Akali leaders in the past 10 years and asserted that those guilty of victimizing and terrorizing the people will be thrown into jail once the Congress comes to power.
 
The state, said Rahul, had been plunged into total destruction and devastation by the Badals and cannot be restored to its old glory in two days but will be done with the blood and sweat of Amarinder, Sidhu and the people of Punjab, backed by the rest of the party leadership. Rahul appealed to the people to strengthen the hands of the Congress to bring growth back on the rails in Punjab.
 
 

Rahul promised cancellation of all the fake cases against innocent people under the Badal rule, urging one and all to stand with the Congress in fighting `these corrupt people.’ Pledging the establishment of a `people’s government’ in Punjab, Rahul promised his personal support, and that of the party high command, to revive Punjab’s growth and its spirit of Punjabiyat, while wiping out the drugs menace that had ruined the youth.
 
With all businesses in the hands of the Badal family, the state is in the grip of de-growth and a host of serious problems including drugs, to which 70% youth in the state are either addicted or have tried, said Rahul, pointing out that the Akalis had made fun of him when he had first mentioned this two years ago. Now everyone was saying the same thing, and there was enough evidence to show that Punjab’s youth were being destroyed by drugs, he said, adding that the Badals were squarely responsible for all the mess in the state, including industrial and agricultural ruin.
 
The Congress would ensure laws against Chitta, said Rahul, warning drug dealers and mafia that "we will make such a law that they would shudder to think or talk about drugs.” Asserting that the Congress would fight and win the war against drugs, Rahul declared that the party always does what it promises.
 
Capt. Amarinder, in his address, promised to bring to book every single person, including Akali leaders and policemen, guilty of framing innocent people in false cases. He pointed out that Majitha, the constituency of Bikram Majithia, had the largest number of fake cases, which he promised would be withdrawn once the Congress comes to power.
 
Accusing the Badals of bypassing all democratic norms to establish their family fiefdom in the state, Amarinder lambasted the Akali leaders for running mafias and vowed to throw every one of them into jail. Neither of the Badal son-duo, nor the `Lambu’ (reference to Bikram Majithia) would win in these elections, said Captain, adding the end had begun for all of them, including the one selling chiita and ruining the youth of Punjab.
 
Captain Amarinder said the Congress  candidate from Majitha, Sukhjinder Singh Lali Majithia had been fighting the tyranny of Bikram for the past one decade and was committed to saving the people of Majitha from the Akali shackles.
 
Lashing out at the Badals for selling off and mortgaging the state’s assets and vital properties in order to pay staff salaries, Captain Amarinder urged the people to vote for the progress of the state. "These are your elections, remember you would be voting for Punjab and for your future, as well as the future of your children,” he exhorted the people.
 
Navjot Singh, the party’s star campaigner and candidate from Amrtisar East assembly segment, in his inimitable style, urged the voters to help the Congress win by a clear majority, saying every single vote for his party would amount to a show thrown in the face of the Badals. Terming the elections as a battle against the `zulmaan’ of Badal, Najot said the time for change had come and every penny looted by the Badals and Bikram from the people of Punjab would be taken back by the Congress government after the polls. `Sada haq ithey rakh,’ he demanded of the Akalis, amid thunderous applause from the crowd.
 
Bikram had made money to the tune of Rs. 30000 crore from liquor trading while the Badals had earned crores from their growing businesses, said Sidhu, promising recovery of the entire looted money once the Congress forms the government. He also promised withdrawal of all fake cases in which innocent people had been frame by the Badals and Bikram. Badal’s policy has been 10% sewa and 90% mewa, said Sidhu, adding that the Akali leaders would have to pay for their sins against the people of Punjab.
 
Pointing out that the issue of drugs had been first raised by Rahul, Sidhu appealed to the AICC vice president and Captain Amarinder to ensure elimination of drugs from Punjab and exemplary punishment for those involved in drug mafia and drug trading. He also urged the party leadership to take immediate steps after government formation to ensure employment for the youth.




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How many election promises have you kept in Delhi; Amarinder questions Kejriwal
25.01.17 - TEAM PT
How many election promises have you kept in Delhi; Amarinder questions Kejriwal



Dismissing as yet another farce the latest manifest of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for employees, Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh asked Arvind Kejriwal how many of his election promises he had fulfilled in Delhi in the past two and a half years.
 
Dubbing Kejriwal as a liar who had come to Punjab after being thoroughly exposed in Delhi, Amarinder said his employee manifest seemed to be an afterthought, with the AAP leader desperately grabbing every promise made by the Congress to woo the voters of Punjab.
 
Questioning the need for multiple manifestos, and the fact that AAP had chosen to come out with another election manifesto less than 10 days before polling date, Captain said Kejriwal’s employee manifesto was another case of replication of the Congress promises as neither he nor his party were even aware of the issues afflicting the people of Punjab.
 
Kejriwal has, once again, simply lifted most of the Congress manifesto promises to employees, just as he had done earlier in the case of farmers and other sections of the society, said Amarinder.
 
The PPCC president asked Kejriwal how many of his promises made to the people of Delhi had been implemented by AAP. The employees in Delhi were having a tough time under the AAP leadership, with no efforts by the Kejriwal government to address their issues and problems, he added.
 
Captain Amarinder pointed out that the national capital had been reduced to a garbage city due to strike by the municipal corporation workers over payment issues, while teachers had been victimized by the Kejriwal government’s decision to pass a legislation in Delhi assembly reducing their salaries. In fact, he said, Kejriwal had thoroughly exposed himself as a liar in Delhi and was not trying to mislead the people of Punjab.
 
"Is that what he is promising to the employees of Punjab,” asked Amarinder, adding that Kejriwal had failed to keep any of his promises in Delhi and had no intention of implementing his manifesto in Punjab. His manifestos were merely aimed at offering sops to the electorate to get some votes in the ensuring assembly polls, said the PPCC chief.




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SAD, AAP fighting for 2nd & 3rd place, Congress clear winner: Shakeel Ahmed
24.01.17 - TEAM PT
SAD, AAP fighting for 2nd & 3rd place, Congress clear winner: Shakeel Ahmed



Former Union Minister of State for Home and senior AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed on Tuesdaydismissed any contest for the Congress from either the Akali Dal or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying the two parties were fighting each other for the second and third place, with the Congress the clear winner in the Punjab election scene.
 
Describing Arvind Kejriwal as `small Modi’ and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as `big Kejriwal’, Shakeel Ahmed said the people of Punjab do not trust either of them and were also not willing to trust the Akalis after 10 years of their misrule.
 
Addressing a press conference here, Ahmed, who is in Punjab to support the Congress campaign, questioned the credibility of both the BJP-SAD combine, as well as AAP, in the eyes of the people of Punjab.
 
The nation and Delhi experimented with change in the last elections and elected Kejriwal for CM and Modi for PM and the result of the experiment is in front of us, said Shakeel Ahmed, adding that far from being a clean city, Delhi today has become the Garbage City. He accused Kejriwal of contesting elections only in BJP-ruled states to encash on the anti-government fact.
 
He pointed out that Badals’ close associates had been named in the drug trade in Punjab, while AAP’s lack of credibility could be gauged from the fact that the party had lost eight out of 11 Delhi municipal corporation seats. The Badals, he added, had pushed the state of Punjab 10 years back, with the people suffering from lack of everything, include jobs, power etc. Agriculture and industry had collapsed completely, with demonetisation further breaking the back of the people, he said.
 
Punjab today has become a synonym of drug menace, farmers’ pathetic conditions, unemployment and terror and the SAD manifesto is another step to throw dust in the eyes of electorate. "What have they accomplished out of the promises made in last manifestoes and the accountability for their misdeeds, this should have been listed out in their manifesto rather than more promises. People of Punjab cannot trust the SAD-BJP combine and will not vote them to power again,” he added.
 
Under the BJP-SAD rule, Punjab had been completely sidelined in the past two and a half years of Modi rule even though the BJP was ruling at the centre, while under the Dr. Manmohan Singh-led UPA government the state had received ample funds for development, said Shakeel.
 
In response to a question, Shakeel said both Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will participate in the Punjab Congress campaign. To another question, he expressed opposition to RSS statement against caste-based reservation.




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Badal helped terrorists in Punjab, will make him pay for his sins: Capt Amarinder
24.01.17 - TEAM PT
Badal helped terrorists in Punjab, will make him pay for his sins: Capt Amarinder



Citing the latest disclosures of a CIA report on Punjab extremism, Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder on Tuesday blamed CM Parkash Singh Badal for the spread of terrorism in the state and vowed to make him pay for his sins.
 
Amarinder said the Akali leader was clearly responsible for the killings of thousands of innocent people at the hands of terrorists during Punjab’s darkest days.
 
He referred to the CIA report, as mentioned in a section of the media, to point out that Badal had always been working "to promote his personal fortunes by heading his own Akali Dal dissident party and siding with Sikh extremists against the state government.”
 
The PPCC president recalled that Badal had failed to turn up for discussion a day before the attack on Golden Temple as he was in the know about the impending military operation and had clearly decided to run away instead of facing the situation. He earlier swore at Akal Takht that he would stop the army at any cost, even if it meant sacrificing his life but ran away when the crisis erupted, Captain further pointed out.
 
Reiterating his promise to get all recent incidents of sacrilege in the state investigated, preferably by an independent agency, once he comes to power, Captain Amarinder reiterated that he would throw Badal into jail if he is found to be guilty in any of these cases. Badal had played the communal card even earlier to promote his political and electoral interests, said Amarinder, adding that the latest incidents appeared to be an attempt by the Akalis to create communal polarization ahead of the assembly polls.
 
Dubbing both Badal and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal as slimy individuals who could not be trusted, he came down heavily on AAP’s use of outsiders in the Punjab elections. He added that the Punjabis were deliberately being kept out by Kejriwal’s party to alienate them from the poll process as the AAP leader did not trust Punjabis and had no interest in their welfare.
 
He urged the people to confirm from their friends and relatives in Delhi what kind of mess Kejriwal’s government had made in the national capital. It is evident that Kejriwal is not for Punjab, and never will be.




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Capt. Amarinder rubbishes SAD manifesto, farm loan waiver promise as total lies
24.01.17 - TEAM PT
Capt. Amarinder rubbishes SAD manifesto, farm loan waiver promise as total lies



Rubbishing the Shiromani Akali Dal poll manifesto as a bunch of lies aimed at misleading the people, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the Badals had failed to implement even 20% of the promises they made during the last elections.
 
Were they sleeping all these years, Captain Amarinder asked, rejecting their offer of farm loan waiver as a mere gimmick with an eye on the polls and reiterating the Congress commitment to take over all the loans of the debt-ridden farmers and agricultural labourers immediately after assuming power in the state.
 
Lamenting the pitiable condition in which the Badal-led SAD-BJP government had left the state after 10 years of shameful misrule, Captain said they failed to do anything for the people in 10 years, and now, just 10 days before the polls they are asking people for another five years.
 
"What stopped them from working in the interest of the people all these years? Or were they too busy filling their own coffers to think about the welfare of the people?” Captain Amarinder questioned. He cited the multi-crore Pearl Group scam and a host of other scams to hit out at the Akalis for abusing public money to advance their personal interests.
 
The PPCC president said neither the Akalis nor the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal were interested in the welfare of the people of Punjab. Describing Kejriwal as a smooth and slimy operator, he said the bribery and sex scandals involving AAP leaders and workers had made a mockery of his claims of providing clean and transparent governance.
 
With all Punjab’s disputes with Haryana, how can a Haryanvi be trusted to stand by the people of Punjab, asked Amarinder.
 
Castigating the Badals for pushing Punjab to the brink of bankruptcy and plunging it into a state of anarchy and lawlessness through mis-governance and criminalization of the government, Captain Amarinder said the people of the state were suffering while they were building hotels and selling chitta.
 
Captain Amarinder vowed to unshackle the state from the clutches of the drug mafia within four weeks of taking over the state’s governance and bring the youth back into the mainstream of the society. "We will give jobs to the unemployed youth to divert them from drugs, liquor and other destructive habits,” he promised the people.




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