By Manan Saini
Gurdaspur\Kalanaur, April 18: The All India Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Punjab affairs, Shakeel Ahmed, today blasted at the Akali Dal-BJP leadership for turning this sensitive border state into a river of drugs affecting the very future of the youth and the region.
He was addressing a massive and responsive rally at Kalanaur near the international border in the Dera Baba Nanak Assembly segment, in support of
the state Congress chief, Mr. Partap Singh Bajwa, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur.
Shakeel Ahmed said, the sea of humanity that had turned up at the rally in this remote corner of the constituency was a strong indication that the people would send back packing both the Akali Dal-BJP’s paratrooper candidate, Vinod Khanna and Sucha Singh Chhotepur, a rank opportunist fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party.
He said Partap Singh Bajwa had been entrusted with the responsibility
to lead the party by the high command for a special task which he had been carrying out very efficiently and successfully with the result that the party had got strengthened every day. He said the party high command was standing
like a wall behind Bajwa.
Coming down heavily on the Akali Dal-BJP government, he said smuggling was being patronised by the ministers as had been revealed by Jagdish Bhola, an
ex-cop arrested by the police in Rs. 5000 crore smuggling racket who had spilled the beans in front of journalists. He said this government was playing with not only the future of the youth but also the state itself.
He said the present election was a fight between two diametrically opposite ideologies. The Congress was a symbol of all inclusive secular ideology without which this diverse country could not be kept united. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party in general and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi symbolised the most dangerous communal and divisive approach.It was Modi who presided over the Gujarat communal massacre but had never expressed any remorse for the same, what to talk of apology.
Punjab Incharge, Ahmed said Modi betrayed his divisive credentials recently at the Ambedkar Jayanti when he said the Congress had ignored dalits at the cost of the Muslims. However, while in UP, he would speak the opposite. He said such an approach would prove disastrous for this great country with a rich legacy of co-existence.
He slammed Modi for misleading the people about the so called pink revolution. He said the export of meat products during the NDA regime had touched 3.5 lakh metric tonnes. Not only that, in Gujarat, it had increased to 22,000 tonnes from 10,000 tonnes per annum. He said Modi was a habitual liar who had always tried to mislead the people by distorting or
Shakeel said yet another example of the treatment being meted out to the minorities in Gujarat was the case of the Sikh farmers settled in Kutch area of that state who were facing the threat of eviction. These farmers who were issued evictions orders from the lands they had been cultivating for about 50 years had been given relief by the Gujarat High Court but the Modi government went in for appeal against this order to the Supreme Court. He said Badal had failed to impress upon Modi to withdraw this SLP from the Supreme Court. He said this
was the real face of the man whom Mr. Badal had been projecting as the
prime ministerial candidate.
General Sec Ahmed said the BJP was steeped in corruption and two of
its presidents had to go precisely because of the corruption charges. One of these
presidents was convicted. In Karnataka, the party had re-inducted the former chief minister who had to quit on corruption charges. He said the BJP had no moral right to talk about corruption.
Blasting the Gujarat model of development, he said Modi had sold out
his state to the corporate sector and the Adani group was allotted 45,000 acres of land for peanuts. Now the corporate sector was managing his poll campaign at the national level.
He appealed to the people to strengthen the hands of Bajwa and send
him to the Lok Sabha with a record margin.
Partap Singh Bajwa while addressing, spoke at length listing the
achievements of the UPA government including the implementation of
one-rank-one-pension, food security, right to education, increase in MSP of wheat and paddy in last nine years and NRHM (108 Ambulance), PMGSY, MNREGA etc. he said the UPA care for the common man.
He said on the other hand, the Badal government had failed to
implement its assurances in the manifesto like doubling of old age pension and unemployment allowance.
Those present included Dera Baba Nanak MLA, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa,
Batala MLA Ashwani Sekhri, BKU leader Bhupinder Singh Mann were also
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