FARIDKOT, January 18: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today promised that once Congress comes to power in Punjab it will set up three cancer hospitals, six medical colleges and six drug de-addiction centres in the Malwa region. He also reiterated that the Congress will provide highly subsidized aata-daal to the poor and will continue with the free power to the agriculture sector.
Addressing a public meeting here today, Capt Amarinder asked the people to draw their own comparisons between the five year rule of the Akali-BJP government between 2001 and 2012 with that of the Congress between 2002 and 2007. “You are the better judges and time has come for you to make the right judgment”, he told them while appealing them to ensure that Congress forms the government in the state.
Lashing out at the Akali-BJP government for its all round failure, he asked the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to spell out which development they had done and where. He pointed out, the bullet trains shown in the newspapers advertisements were those from Japan and the skyscrapers were from Manhattan in the United States.
He asked Sukhbir, “tell us where in Punjab are you running those bullet trains and where are those skyscrapers being shown in your advertisements”. He said, there was nothing new in these lies as the Akalis particularly the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister were in the habit of telling lies.
He said, in the same way the father-son duo were spreading lies and telling people that when Congress comes to power it will stop aata-daal scheme and free power to farmers. He said, the aata-daal scheme will be improved and further subsidy provided to the poor. Besides, he pointed out, it was the Congress which had introduced free power to farmers and there was no question of it being withdrawn as the state is committed to ensure that till the farmers do not get remunerative prices for their crops they have to be compensated.
The former Chief Minister said, the Akali-BJP government had pushed the state to bankruptcy and the treasuries had virtually been locked since there was no money available. He revealed that bill to the tune of Rs 2000 crores were pending payment since the government did not have money.
Sitting MLA and the party candidate from Faridkote Avatar Singh Brar also spoke on the occasion.