Category: Punjab Government

Capt Amarinder: Congress may defeat Congress, we will lose the polls

Infighting within party leadership and workers would lead the Congress towards its third consecutive victory

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The Punjab tour of PPCC President Amarinder Singh apparently failed to strengthen the party workers or district level Congress leaders as the former CM facing ire of party workers in his scheduled programmes.

When he started his 20 days tour from Amritsar, the party workers had accused Amarinder for the non-cooperation of the senior leadership with the local level leaders. Moreover, they wanted to get the new faces in the party. At that time the workers had created ruckus and the poll strategist of Capt Amarinder, Prashant Kishore had left the programme in the middle. At that time, the Amarinder had to face the workers anger.

In Ludhiana, Amarinder finally admitted that Congress would defeat Congress in Punjab Polls

Capt Amarinder Singh witnessed a huge criticism from the party workers in his programme. The ruckus created by them made a fuming PPCC president declare from the dais and said, “I am much disappointed with what I am seeing here today. I am here to listen to you but this is no way to express yourself. I am here to get your views which we can incorporate in out manifesto but you have made a mockery of the entire exercise.”

The workers for their part, too, did not mince words and told Amarinder to his face that factionalism, if not sorted out soon, would become the party’s undoing for the third consecutive time in 2017.

Party workers pointed out “Deep Rooted Factionalist” with in Congress

In the programme, a party worker accused Amarinder that there is a deep rooted factionalism with in the Congress as they said that not even a single poster of former Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari was put at the venue.

Another worker, Davinder Singh, told Amarinder, “You should tell your MLAs to stand with the workers”. “Look at our MLA, whenever we call him, he says he is in Chandigarh. Our MLAs work against us.”

It has been come out in the open that the party’s top leadership, middle level leadership and local level leadership infighting with each other and there are no evidences that prove the unity within Punjab Congress.

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Infighting within Punjab Congress still on

“After Bir Devinder, it’s time for the former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Partap Singh Bajwa to target Captain Amarinder Singh and his “autocratic” behavior”

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Earlier, former Deputy Speaker, Bir Devinder Singh got suspended by PPCC President Captain Amarinder Singh because of a write up spat between the duos. On his suspension, Bir said, “I do not know I have been suspended. If I have been suspended then I can say that Amarinder would have put his sagacity and wisdom at stake while deciding action against me. As my vocal chords had dried up when I canvassed for him in Amritsar, I am sure he would have been pained by this decision. Captain has taken a destructive path and has been destroying himself as well as the party in Punjab.”

Bajwa accused Captain
In a row, after Bir Devinder, now Bajwa is accusing Captain for his oppressive behavior, while he visited Jallandhar with his group leaders and workers for the rally which was being organized by Captain. They were simply ignored by Captain and his team and were not allowed to speak in the rally. Not even a single microphone was given to Bajwa group of leaders in such huge rally.

Not only this, but Captain made fun of Bajwa, saying, “Bajwa is now out of Punjab politics and I am the wholly solely Incharge in Punjab.”

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Arrogant Captain
This arrogant attitude of Captain had showed publicly that there is lack of respect and unity between Congress leaders. It would not be wrong to say that the party is divided in the state.

Agitated Bajwa and his group of leaders have decided to brainstorm against Captain for his egoistic and high headed attitude. On the 24th of April, there would be a function by Bajwa group to celebrate the Bajwa’s entry in Rajya Sabha, where they would teach Captain a lesson on clean Politics.

Noticeably, Bajwa group did not welcome Captain’s decision of nominating a new comer Hans Raj Hans for Rajya Sabha seat.

With this kind of leadership, the day is not far when Congress would lose its existence in Punjab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capt Amarinder readies to hang up his electoral boots

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Punjab Congress chief Capt. Amarinder Singh will fight his last electoral battle

“This will be my last electoral battle. Every soldier needs to hang up their boots some time,” said former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during his much talked “Coffee with Captain” campaign in Amritsar.  

 Playing safe, as he is aware of his defeat in Punjab, he further stated that “We want to provide opportunities to others, to the youth and those who have a potential to grow as good leaders but do not have any family connections.”

It is important to mention here is that Captain had been blaming Badal for not looking beyond his own self and the family. Now, the same Captain is geared up to introduce his 27-year-old grandson, Nirvan Singh, to politics.

Ahead of Punjab assembly polls, Captain is leaving no stone unturned to make his mark. He even urged people of Punjab to vote for the Grand Old Party – Congress, saying, “This is not the time for experiments, and that the state needs an experienced party and an experienced leader.”

Sitting on an exclusive Royal Chair and making a pitch for Industrial development in Punjab, Captain said, “People of Punjab are in debt, industries, agriculture, economy all have deteriorated. It is very much important to create an ecosystem that will let industries thrive. Punjab cannot work on trial and error basis when electing a government.”

Also, Captain did not miss a chance to degrade ruling SAD-BJP government. “While the ruling politicians are amassing huge wealth growing richer and richer, Punjab was getting poorer and poorer to the extent of going bankrupt”, he said, while adding, he will ensure that they are made to account for each penny they looted from Punjab.

Noteworthy, the same Captain, who is showing concern about Punjab and Punjabis’, had been ‘inaccessible’ to his own party cadre. One of the senior leaders from Congress had highlighted that despite of repeated reminders and phone calls, he could not get audience with Captain for over two months.

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Capt. Amarinder Singh during Coffee with Captain Campaign in Amritsar

 

If Captain is really concerned about the welfare of Punjab then he should make an effort to reach ‘poor’ in Punjab, instead of inviting ‘rich’ to his much hyped ‘Coffee with Captain’ campaign in the state, which he claims as the best interactive mode to understand the people of Punjab. 

References:

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/politics/this-will-be-my-last-political-battle-all-needs-to-hang-up-their-boots-amrinder-singh-1223217.html

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/capt-amarinder-sing-brings-grandson-nirvan-singh-into-politics/

 

 

 

Congress to woo Punjabi NRIs with eye on 2017 polls

Visits by political delegations to woo the Punjabi Diaspora settled abroad have begun, which gave a clear indication of all the major political parties in Punjab getting into the poll mode for 2017 assembly elections.

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With a hope that the NRIs will do for them what they did for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is now planning to send its senior leaders abroad to woo the Punjabi NRIs.

The party is planning a trip to those pockets in the US, Canada and Europe where Punjabis are politically active and are keen to get involved in state politics. Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh, his wife Preneet Kaur, an MLA from Patiala, and a host of state leaders will soon fan out to different parts of the globe to connect with the Punjabi community living abroad.

Internal rift between AAP in Punjab has shown hope to the Congress leaders, who not missing a chance stated, “Internal rift between AAP and the party’s sagginess in Punjab have disappointed the NRIs. It is the right time to strike to win them over as many of them are still upset with the ruling SAD-BJP government”, said one of the senior leaders of Congress. “NRIs can also help with funds and that would cut AAP’s financial lifeline”, he further added.

It is no more a secret that the success of AAP in 2014 general elections in Punjab was due to liberal donation of funds by NRIs and their being captivated with promise of clean and educated leadership offered by the AAP. At that time, non-resident Indians showed a marked preference for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party.

In today’s high-tech world, the NRIs play a major role in elections, as they get involved in politics of their respective home states, through micro blogging sites and media, i.e. local new channels.  It is therefore no wonder that political leaders from all parties feel the need to get in touch with the NRIs living abroad, if not on party forum than on individual basis.

Congress is leaving no stone unturned, as firstly it had hired political strategist Prashant Kishore to frame the party’s political strategy for the upcoming polls, as he was the key person behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Victory. Secondly, its top leaders are flying overseas to woo the Punjabi NRIs, as it has realized the role played by NRIs in AAP getting a big vote percentage in Punjab earlier.

References:

http://scroll.in/article/805320/four-charts-show-what-is-wrong-with-rajasthan-education-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-kanhaiya-kumar

Punjab CM Badal, savior of Punjab River Waters: SYL Canal

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Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal gives cheque to Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar

Rs. 191-crore cheque (no. 997640 of State Bank of India) on behalf of a treasury officer of the Punjab government was sent along with a letter by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to the Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar, which stated, “The council of ministers has decided to return all the funds received by the state of Punjab from Haryana for the SYL canal. I am therefore enclosing the cheque.”

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Also, Mr. Badal proposed to return the entire land free of cost to the farmers 40 years after it was acquired. The proposal may be totally in keeping with the spirit of Punjab and in the best interests of its people.

Considerably, the Punjab Government’s stand on the river waters issue has been consistent and Shiromani Akali Dal has also made it known that there will never be any compromise on the rights of Punjab as a Riparian State from where these rivers originate. The ruling party has often said that it is ready for any sacrifice on this issue but it will not allow waters to go to neighbouring states.

Noticeably, a resolution was passed by the Haryana assembly against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government de-notifying the 3,928-acre land acquired for SYL canal Bill.  Then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had in 1982 laid the foundation stone of the canal to share waters of Punjab with Haryana and Rajasthan.

Congress creating unrest over SYL issue

It is not only at the National level that the Congress party speaks the language of dissent, back in Punjab, the Congress party and its president, Capt Amarinder Singh have mastered the art of opposing everything that the ruling government proposes.
“The Punjab government is just trying to fool us and people of Punjab. They just want the matter to keep hanging in the court. They have just started the pseudo work of filling up the canal. It’s just an eye-wash. They know that Centre would not approve their Bill and neither will their ally BJP’s government in Haryana will allow it,” said Fatehgarh Sahib MLA and Congress national secretary Kuljit Singh Nagra.

To which Punjab revenue minister Bikram Majithia replied, “We would have already completed the filling up of the canal. This government is serious about safeguarding water interests of Punjab unlike you.”

Punjab has been over the years witnessed Shiromani Akali Dal’s contribution in the safeguarding the interests and rights of the people of Punjab, especially of the farmers and poor.  SAD has always remained the sole champion of the brave peasantry of the country as well as the Punjab state.

Punjab’s life line; its river water

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History of inter-state river water disputes – Sutlej Yamuna link canal

“River water is a life line of Punjab farmers and the interests of farmers are very dear to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the oldest regional party of the country.  The party’s contribution to the cause of the state and its people is audaciously written in blood”

On April 6, 1982, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi started the SYL canal at Kapori village after she made an unconstitutional move in 1976 to award 75% of Punjab’s waters to non-riparian states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. The Amarinder government introduced the Termination of Water Agreement Act, 2004 in the Vidhan Sabha, to be rejected by the President.

SAD has put a full-stop on efforts of Capt Amarinder Singh to cheat farmers and make them believe they were leading the battle against releasing waters through the SYL canal to Haryana. The ruling party has often said that it is ready for any sacrifice on this issue but it will not allow waters to go to neighbouring states.

SAD consistent on SYL issue
From the day this issue has arisen, the Punjab Government had been consistently saying that no compromise would be made on the rights of Punjab as a Riparian State from where these rivers originate.

The Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal also emphasized that SAD will ensure that there is no compromise on the sharing of river waters with neighbouring Haryana under the Riparian Principle. However, the Punjab Congress and its chief, Capt Amarinder Singh for the heck of opposition launched a scathing attack on the government policies by resorting to a vilification campaign to mislead the gullible people of Punjab.

The Punjab cabinet would bring ‘Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal (Rehabilitation and Re-vesting of Proprietary Rights) Bill, 2016’  in the Assembly which will allow the government to restore land acquired for construction of SYL canal to its owners.

Also, Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal , Union Food Processing Industries Minister had accused Capt. Amarinder Singh for paying lip service and issuing press statements for public consumption. “Punjabis have been suffering repeatedly at the hands of successive Congress governments even as Punjab Congress leaders continue to pay lip service to the demands of the State. The time has come to walk the talk. Amarinder Singh should either make the Congress high command toe his line on the issue of river waters or resign as a failed leader”, said Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

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Harsimrat Kaur Badal talks over SYL issue

Also, well known for its urge to be in power and media, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) intervened into the issue and its leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira challenged Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh to an open debate on the SYL issue. Let’s see whether Capt Amarinder Singh accepts the challenge or just pay lip service over the issue.

References:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/khaira-challenges-captain-to-open-debate-on-syl/story-sV7dI92icHZhZvorjhRJuL.html

http://www.face2news.com/news/19626-congress-exposed-on-double-speak-over-syl-issue-harsimrat-kaur-badal.aspx

http://www.dailypost.in/regions/punjab/57153-aap-hits-out-at-captain-over-syl