The Hindu (Mumbai)

After AAP move to go solo, Kharge says Congress will win all 13 seats in Punjab

Party chief calls for ouster of BJP in Lok Sabha poll, accuses it of neglecting interests of the poor, SCs, tribals, OBCs, says Centre has ‘finished’ the State’s farmers and soldiers over the past 10 years

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day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) declared it would go solo in Punjab in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress, AAP’s partner in the Indian National Developmen­tal, Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc, on Sunday said it would win all 13 seats in the State.

Addressing the first Punjab Congress Workers Convention in Samrala, Ludhiana, Congress president Mallikarju­n Kharge addressed said, “Today’s gathering signifies a monumental moment for the Congress. The resolute presence of our workers and officebear­ers underscore­s the unwavering determinat­ion of the Punjab Congress to secure victory across all 13 constituen­cies in the election,” he said.

Mr. Kharge also accused the BJP of neglecting the interests of the poor, Scheduled Castes, tribal people, and Other Backward

AClasses, and urged the ouster of the party from power in the general election.

‘30 lakh vacant posts’

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress chief said, “Modji works only for the rich. That’s why the poor are getting poorer and the rich are becoming richer.”

Mr. Kharge added that there are 30 lakh government posts lying vacant and out of these, 15 lakh would have been available to Dalits, tribal people, and OBCs.

“That is the reason they [the Centre] are not doing the recruitmen­t. That is the why such a government should be ousted. All growth in India has been during the Congress rule, but none during this dark BJP rule,” he said.

Extending his party's support to the farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ call, Mr. Kharge said a conspiracy is being hatched to “eliminate farmers in a planned manner”, and a plan was ready to handover the country’s agricultur­e to a few corporates, but it is the struggle of farmers that saved the sector.

“I congratula­te Punjab’s farmers, who started the fight against the three black agricultur­al laws,” Mr. Kharge said, adding that in the past 10 years, the Centre had “finished” Punjab’s farmers and soldiers.

“Despite the hollow promises of the BJP government, the Congress stands steadfastl­y with the farmers. The suspension of the three contentiou­s farm laws is a ploy as they have not yet been cancelled. It is a calculated manoeuvre by the Modi administra­tion, which has consistent­ly demonstrat­ed a propensity to backtrack on its commitment­s,” Mr. Kharge said.

 ?? ANI ?? Congress president Mallikarju­n Kharge addressing the first Punjab Congress Workers Convention in Samrala, Ludhiana, on Sunday.
ANI Congress president Mallikarju­n Kharge addressing the first Punjab Congress Workers Convention in Samrala, Ludhiana, on Sunday.

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