Cong, AAP Make Last-ditch Ef­fort to At­tract Vot­ers

Rahul prom­ises lands for Dal­its while Ke­jri­wal rakes up Pan­thic is­sue

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Chandi­garh: Pan­thic pitch dom­i­nated over other is­sues – Dalit rights, drugs and ri­par­ian rights in the last leg of cam­paign­ing in Pun­jab on Thurs­day. Kept as a part­ing salvo, Aam Admi Party on Thurs­day re­leased the re­port of Zora Singh Com­mis­sion set up to in­ves­ti­gate the killing of two per­sons in po­lice fir­ing on Sikhs protest­ing against sac­ri­lege of Holy Guru Granth Sahib at Be­hbal Kalan in Farid­kot dis­trict on Oc­to­ber 14, 2016. Notably, it was af­ter this in­ci­dent, the protests spread statewide, forc­ing Akali Gov­ern­ment to re­move its DGP- Sumedh Singh Saini with Suresh Arora.

The re­port, a scathing crit­i­cism of Pun­jab po­lice ac­tion was kept un­der wrap by the Pun­jab Gov­ern­ment, AAP claims. AAP na­tional con­vener and Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal while re­leas­ing the re­port said, “Com­mis­sion had clearly in­dicted the Badal gov­ern­ment and in­di­cated about a ma­jor con­spir­acy to spread vi­o­lence in Pun­jab. Home Min­is­ter Sukhbir Badal had or­dered the po­lice to fire on peace­fully demon­strat­ing Sikhs to dis­turb the peace of state, know­ing well that his party would not re­turn to power. We can’t in­dulge in such heinous acts and we re­spect all the re­li­gions.”

Be­fore draw­ing the cur­tains on the po­lit­i­cal cam­paign, it is the Lambi con­stituency-- dubbed as the “mother of all po­lit­i­cal bat­tles” where the po­lit­i­cal spot­light stayed fixed all this while, Rahul Gandhi choose to ad- dress fi­nal rally for the 2017 As­sem­bly elec­tions. For the first time in Pun­jab’s po­lit­i­cal his­tory, two stal­warts of two main­line po­lit­i­cal par­ties are headed for a face-off in the February 4 as­sem­bly elec­tions. Tak­ing the Badal strong­hold by stor m, AICC vice-pres­i­dent on Thurs­day an­nounced a time-bound agenda for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Congress man­i­festo un­der Cap­tain Amarinder Singh’s lead­er­ship, promis­ing land for the Dal­its and poor within two months and jobs to the un­em­ployed poor within three months of the for­ma­tion of the Congress gov­ern­ment. Ad­dress­ing the rally here at a packed Mans­ingh Sta­dium here, Rahul drew the cur­tain on the Congress cam­paign in Pun­jab with a vow to re­vive the dev­as­tated in­dus­try within three months, be­sides elim­i­na­tion of chitta (drugs) within a month of tak­ing over the reins of the state.

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