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Ravneet Bittu coming to fight sham contest to remain in Rahul Gandhi's good books: Sukhbir Badal
16.01.17 - TEAM PT
Ravneet Bittu coming to fight sham contest to remain in Rahul Gandhi's good books: Sukhbir Badal



Sukhbir Singh Badal today while welcoming Ravneet Bittu's candidature from Jalalabad, said the Congress leader was coming to fight a sham contest so as to remain in Rahul Gandhi's good books. 
 
In a statement here, Badal said Ravneet Bittu also had chief ministerial aspirations and after Amarinder Singh was forced to contest from Lambi he also put his hat in the ring. "Ravneet feels Rahul will get impressed by this show of bravado and keep him in mind while deciding the CM candidate". 
 
Badal said such false bravado had no value. "If Ravneet is serious about contesting from Jalalabad he should resign from the Ludhina parliamentary seat. If he does not do that it will be clear to the people that he is engaging in a sham contest with the sole purpose of raising his stick in the Congress and has no commitment to Jalalabad". 
 
The SAD president meanwhile offered the services of a guide to Bittu so that he could navigate his way in Jalalabad. "I doubt you have ever visited the constituency and you could get lost alone as there is hardly any Congressman left  in the constituency"he added.




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Patiala my janambhoomi, Lambi my karambhoomi from where I will teach Badals a lesson: Amarinder
16.01.17 - TEAM PT
Patiala my janambhoomi, Lambi my karambhoomi from where I will teach Badals a lesson: Amarinder



Describing Lambi as his 'karambhoomi'’ from where he would teach the Badals a lesson for the savagery and atrocities they had unleashed on the people of Punjab over the past 10 years, Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said he would get all cases of religious sacrilege thoroughly investigated and punish the Badals if found guilty.
 
Amarinder said while Patiala was his 'janambhoomi' to which he owed his emotional roots, he had chosen Lambi as his 'karambhoomi’ since he owed it to the people of Punjab to teach the Badals a lesson for all their crimes and misdeeds.
 
The Badals have spent the past 10 years bolstering their family interests, with all the key businesses in the state owned by them and the Akali-patronized mafia ruling Punjab, said Captain , asking Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal where he would take all the wealth he had accumulated. "Will you take it with you when you leave this world?,” the PPCC president asked, taking a dig at the Badals over the multi-crore assets they had built during their rule of Punjab.
 
Amarinder lashed out at the Badal-led SAD-BJP government for failing to protect the religious fabric of Punjab, pointing out that they had even failed to complete the memorial started by the Congress in "this historic land where Bade Sahibzade sacrificed his life along with 40 others.” The Badals have only been interested in building hotels to boost their personal interests, he added, in an apparent reference to Sukhbir Badal’s Sukhvilas.
 
Amarinder cited the various incidents of sacrilege that had been taking place in Punjab in recent months to expose the 'maari soch' of the Badals, who were out to divide and polarize the state on communal lines. 
  
Taking a snipe at Kejriwal’s fumbling attempts to project himself as a Sikh Punjbai by trying to wear a turban during his public meetings and rallies, he warned the people against being taken in by his frivolous gimmicks. AAP is a party with no experience and no connect with Punjab, he said, urging the people not to be swayed by the outsider’s false promises.
 
Earlier, welcoming the PPCC chief, the Congress candidate from Chamkaur Sahib, Charanjit Singh Channi, pointed to the total lack of development in the area to show how the Badals had been sacrificing the interests of the people to promote their own interests.




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Take quick permission before nominations end: Sukhbir Badal to Amarinder
14.01.17 - TEAM PT
Take quick permission before nominations end: Sukhbir Badal to Amarinder



Sukhbir Badal today urged Pradesh Congress president Amarinder Singh to take quick permission from the party’s central leadership to contest from Lambi before the nomination filing process comes to an end, even as he described this latest development as a pathetic and last ditch attempt by a failed raja to stem the rot in his sinking ship.

In a statement here, the SAD president said Amarinder had been resorting to cheap theatrics since the last few months, including false promises of a farm loan waiver which had not been reflected in the party’s manifesto, and the development that he had asked for permission to contest against S. Parkash Singh Badal was another ploy to gain cheap publicity.

Mr Badal said the fact of the matter was that the Congress was falling apart like a house of cards. "There is widespread revolt against the manner in which party tickets are being distributed from Delhi. Some tickets are being changed days after being allocated. Many Congress men are passing no confidence motions against Amarinder and he has become jittery. Added to this is the fact that the party has not announced its chief ministerial candidate and both Manpreet Badal and Navjot Sidhu are claiming that they have been promised the chief ministerial berth by the party”.

The SAD President said in view of these developments, Amarinder had hit upon this idea to contest against Badal Sahab to project himself as the chief ministerial candidate, especially since he was finding the going tough in his home seat of Patiala. "Amarinder probably wants to go down like a martyr. He wants to give the impression to the high command that he lost Patiala because he had to give time in Lambi, where he is sure to suffer a humiliating defeat”.

Urging Amarinder to convince the Congress high command quickly to field him from Lambi, Sukhbir said the arrogant and haughty raja would be rewarded with the just desserts he deserved. "The people of Lambi will teach him that they respect those who stay and work amongst them like Sardar Badal and not fly by night operators like him. Amarinder had proudly said that this will be his last election, thinking he was standing as a chief ministerial candidate. After the people of Lambi are through with you, you will not want to fight an election ever again”, Badal added.




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Major jolt to Akali Dal as ex youth leader Harmeet Singh Pathanmajra joins Congress
14.01.17 - TEAM PT
Major jolt to Akali Dal as ex youth leader Harmeet Singh Pathanmajra joins Congress



In a major setback to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one of its key youth leaders, Harmeet Singh Pathanmajra, joined Congress here in the presence of Patiala MLA Preneet Kaur on Saturday.
 
Welcoming Pathanmajra into the party fold, Preneet expressed the confidence that the joining of the young Turk, with his strong base in Patiala district especially Sanour assembly segment, the Congress would get a further boost in its election campaign in Patiala.
 
His joining, said Preneet, was a sign that not only the people of Punjab but also genuine Akali leaders and workers were feeling suffocated under the Badal misrule. "The way senior Akali leaders are deserting Akali Dal to join Congress is itself a vindication that only the Congress under leadership of Captain Amarinder can bring Punjab back on the path of progress,” she added.
 
Expressing full faith in the leadership of Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh, Pathanmajra said that he had joined the party unconditionally. Pathanmajra, who was member of the Youth Akali Dal Core Committee before quitting the party in September last year, said that Badals had been looting Punjab with both hands.
 
"Only Captain Amarinder can bring back the hey days of Punjab,” he said, after his formal induction in Congress at Moti Bagh Palace. Along with Pathanmajra, hundreds of his supporters also joined the Congress.
 
Associated with Akali Dal for two decades before quitting the party, Pathanmajra was former Patiala Youth Akali Dal president.




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Captain Amarinder seeks Congress high command permission to fight Badal from Lambi
14.01.17 - TEAM PT
Captain Amarinder seeks Congress high command permission to fight Badal from Lambi



Captain Amarinder has sought the party high command’s permission to fight the coming assembly elections from Parkash Singh Badal’s constituency of Lambi to ensure the total defeat of the Akali leadership in Punjab.
 
Amarinder disclosed this here at a media conference called to welcome into the Congress fold prominent former AAP leader Dr. Daljit Singh.
 
Amarinder said he wanted to fight the chief minister on his home turf of Lambi as he wanted to defeat all the top Akali leaders responsible for destroying the state through their drugs, mafia and goonda raj, and guilty of ruining its trade, industry and agriculture.
 
Captain Amarinder said he had requested the Congress high command to allow him to fight the Assembly polls from Lambi so that he could free Punjab from the vicious and destructive rule of the Badals.
 
Responding to a question, he said he would fight both Lambi and Patiala, if permitted by the Congress high command.
 
The entire state is in shambles, said Captain Amarinder, lambasting Badal as well as his family and associates for bringing Punjab to such a shameful pass. He cited the example of the Nabha jail break to point out how goondas were being allowed a free run of the state to help the Akalis during the polls.
 
Captain assured the people that his government would open a probe into all Akali scams and punish every person found guilty of any criminal deed, especially drug trade.
 
Reiterating his opposition to use of violence against the Badals, he once again urged the people to vent their frustration and anger against the Akalis through the ballot.
 
The PPCC president also assured that the three schemes he had launched for the welfare of the people would be strictly implemented and he would fulfill every single promise made to the state, including waiver of farm loans, one job in each household and mobile phones to youth to connect them with the world. He said his government would renegotiate the interest rates on farm loans and settle them in such a way that the burdened farmers do not have to pay a single penny from their pockets.
 
Asserting that the Congress was totally committed to the state’s welfare, Amarinder pointed out that he himself had resigned his Lok Sabha membership for the cause of Punjab’s water. He added that he needed 2/3rd majority to ensure that he is able to meet all his targets for the state’s welfare and asked the people to use their votes judiciously, in the best interest of Punjab.
 
In response to a question, Captain Amarinder said he had full faith in the Punjab police, unlike Badal, who used central forces for his security.
 
Replying to another question, the PPCC chief said the nation would never allow Gandhi’s picture on the Indian currency notes to be replaced with that of prime minister Narendra Modi and any suggestion to this effect was a sign of sycophancy.




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