TALWANDI SABO (BATHINDA), November 1: Giving a clarion call to overthrow the dictatorial regime of the Badals, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee leaders today called for change in Punjab to safeguard the future of the generations to come. Setting an aggressive tone, the PCC President Capt Amarinder Singh asked the party workers to pick up lathis against the Akalis and hit them twice if they tried to hit them once.
Earlier PCC President Capt Amarinder Singh, incharge Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak, CLP Leader Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and other leaders paid their obeisance at the historic Gurdwara Takht Damdama Sahib to seek the blessings for the success of the campaign.
Addressing a mammoth rally to mark the beginning of the Punjab Bachao Yatra, organised under the leadership of local MLA Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, here today, senior party leaders including the PCC President Capt Amarinder Singh, the party incharge Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak, CLP leader Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, CWC member Jagmeet Singh Brar and others declared a decisive war on the corrupt, criminal and dictatorial Badal regime.
Speaking on the occasion, Capt Amarinder asked the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal to learn some lessons from the fate the dictators like Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak and earlier Saddam Hussein met. He pointed out Gaddafi had amassed billions of dollars but had to run for his life at the end. However, he added, unlike these dictators, Mr Badal would be thrown out in a democratic manner in the coming elections.
Capt Amarinder said, he had a dream to see a prosperous and progressive Punjab, which would be free from drugs, where there would not be any unemployment, where there would be no victimisation of people and a Punjab which will not be indebted to the extreme of bankruptcy.
The PCC President said, Mr Badal had wasted his life and even after becoming Chief Minister of Punjab four times had not a single achievement he could cherish. He said, the people of Punjab will throw him out in the coming elections and Mr Badal will have to retire to his old age home. He asked the Mr Badal to list a single achievement during the last five years except for intimidating and victimising the Congress workers and robbing everything and pushing the state to virtual bankruptcy.
In a scathing attack on the Badals, he pointed out, they had grabbed everything and made billions of rupees. He asked Mr Badal to explain how he made so much money to build seven star luxury hotels in Gurgaon costing hundreds of crores of rupees. He said, still he was not feeling satisfied and had now grabbed the sand and gravel mining, the cable network, the liquor business and everything else.
He declared that it was a matter of three months more and each and every act of omission and commission would be accounted for. He announced that all the vendetta cases registered against the Congress workers will be cancelled and those who got these registered will be brought to the book.
The former Chief Minister announced that once Congress forms the government it will set up three cancer hospitals in the area. Besides, it will go to the root cause of the cancer which is mainly caused by the highly contaminated water because of the industrial pollution from Ludhiana and Jallandhar. He said, effluent treatment plants are set up in these cities so that water is treated before it goes into the river.
Capt Amarinder had a dig at the Badals for hosting the Kabbadi Cup and spending so extravagantly on it. He said, it would have been better if this money would have been given to the hospitals where poor could get the treatment.
Addressing the rally the party incharge Mr Charak said, there was a mood for change prevailing all over Punjab as people wanted to get rid of the corrupt, criminal and brutal regime of the Akalis.
He said, the overwhelming presence of over one lakh people in today’s rally that marked the beginning of the election campaign of the party was enough indication that there was a mood for change and people were waiting impatiently to throw this government out.
Mr Charak remarked, the results of the elections seem to have been declared today itself with such a sea of people rejecting the Akalis and declaring the Congress as the winner.
The CLP Leader Ms Bhattal lashed out at Badals for wasting the state resources. She had a dig at Sukhbir Badal for organising the Kabbadi tournament. She told him, the real fight will be fought in the coming months when the Akalis would be thrown out of power.
Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leader and CWC member Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar said, the Badals had muzzled the democracy and crushed the voice of people. He also referred to the seizure of heroine worth Rs 300 crore in the assembly segment of Jallalabad, represented by Sukhbir and disclosed that the BSF had reported that the particular smuggler was being helped by the local police at the instance of Sukhbir.
Mr Raninder Singh and Jeet Mohinder Sidhu also spoke on the occasion.
Prominent among those present included PCC general secretary Arvind Khanna, MLAs Avtar Singh Brar, Makhan Singh, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Darshan Singh Brar, Isher Singh Mehraban, Sher Singh Ghaggowal, Mangat Rai Bansal, Ajit Singh Shant, Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, DCC president Narinder Singh Buleria and others.