Phagwara, January 21
Campaign of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Phagwara, Joginder Singh Mann, gained momentum as around 30 Congress families joined the AAP at the Sikri village.
Welcoming Congress families in the party fold, Mann said AAP wave would sweep the entire state in the coming elections. He said it was writing on the wall that the AAP would form the government in Punjab and Bhagwant Mann will be the Chief Minister of state. He said this could be done only with the support of people and huge response of masses reflected that people were with the AAP.
He said AAP was getting a massive response from all sections of society in both the urban and rural areas. He said people have for years witnessed musical chairs of power among Congress, BJP and Akalis.
He said these parties had protected the interests of each other when they were in power, which has led to scams such as post-matric scholarship and mushrooming-up of sand, transport and others mafia. He said under the guidance of Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP government formed with Bhagwant Mann as CM, would stop this plunder of wealth. He said guilty of all scams would be put behind the bars. He urged people to support AAP for the welfare of Punjab.
Cong workers unhappy with own party MLA
- In a fresh trouble for the Congress, workers of the party led by senior Congress leader Harjit Singh Parmar and district acting president Daljeet Singh Raju rebelled against the official Congress candidate and sitting MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal
- At a meeting in Phagwara, hundreds of Congress workers said they were demoralised as the party had once again gave ticket to Dhaliwal, ignoring the sentiments of workers. They said Dhaliwal, who became the MLA in by-election, had given nothing to Phagwara, except corruption and nepotism
- They alleged that the ‘inefficient MLA’ had ignored the party workers in his tenure and they won’t allow him to win. They said the MLA promoted corruption in every field and each officer posted in Phagwara had to pay hefty amount to him. They also alleged that the MLA took commission from the money allotted for the development of Phagwara due to which development of segment suffered
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