Anti-incumbency to play role in Punjab polls: Soni

The anti-incumbency factor will play a major role in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections, Union minister Ambika Soni said.

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2012, 21:53 PM IST

Hoshiarpur: The anti-incumbency factor will
play a major role in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections
and voters will overthrow the SAD-BJP alliance from power,
Union minister Ambika Soni said today.

Addressing election meetings at Shergarh, Dada and Bajwara
in Hoshiarpur Assembly segment, Soni alleged that BJP
candidate Tikshan Sud, who is the Punjab Local Government and
Industries Minister, had been making false claims of
development in the area.

"He had done nothing to establish any worthwhile industry
in and around the city and create job opportunities for the
unemployed educated youths," the Information and Broadcasting
Minister claimed.
Even Centrally-sponsored schemes to provide benefits to
the poor were not implemented in true sense by the present
Punjab government despite several reminders by various
departments of the Union government, Soni said, adding
performance of the state government in all spheres "have been
nil".

Soni claimed that Congress was the only political party
which had declared Hoshiarpur as a backward district due to
which industrial units like Mahavir Spinning Mill, JCT
Limited, Reliance India and Hawkin industries, among others,
had been set up and were providing employment to thousands of
youths of the area.
"They (people of Punjab) would vote for Congress
candidates which would form its government after these
elections (January 30)," she added.

PTI