Cong, AAP Make Last-ditch Effort to Attract Voters
Rahul promises lands for Dalits while Kejriwal rakes up Panthic issue
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.