Badal launches scathing attack on Congress

Trashing apprehensions about his health, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took dig at Congress` Amarinder Singh saying even Congress leader was finding it hard to keep pace with campaigning.

Moga (Punjab): Trashing apprehensions about his health, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday took a dig at state Congress chief Amarinder Singh saying even on Monday the Congress leader was finding it hard to keep pace with his campaigning.
The chief minister launched a full frontal attack on the state Congress chief in all the political rallies he attended today, as part of his campaigning for February 23 bypoll of this constituency.

He claimed the Congress party would meet the same fate in the state that it had met in UP, Bihar, West Bengal and a few other states earlier.

"Congress as a party is about to disappear from the political map of the country and Congressmen in Punjab were already worried about their political future," he said.

Addressing a rally, Badal said the Congress had still not recovered from the "bolt from the Akali blue" which it got during the last Assembly polls and they are set for an unprecedented rout in Moga now."

Badal took a dig at Amarinder`s references to his (Badal`s) health and said,"I can understand that Captain Sahib (Amarinder) must be feeling rather low after losing two back to back elections to a man whom he had described as too old.

"Even today, he is finding it hard to keep pace with my campaigning. I know he must feel very bad about it and that is why I don`t mind his desperate references to my health and age," he said.

The chief minister said that the state Congress president had set wrong precedent by asking his party legislators not to avail of the development funds and schemes of the Punjab government.

"He has issued dictatorial diktats to his party legislators against meeting me as chief minister or Sukhbir as deputy chief minister. As a result, the Congress legislators had not been forthcoming to avail the various development schemes of the government," the veteran Akali leader said.

This diktat, born out of a personal grudge, has paralysed their legislators and they are not able to address the problems of their areas, fearing disciplinary action.

Badal said the Congress chief`s policy was strongly resented by many Congress MLAs some of whom were ready to quit the party in order to better serve the people of their constituency.

The same attitude was the reason behind Moga having a by-election now, the chief minister said.

The chief minister said that his party was focusing on its agenda of development, peace and communal harmony in the state.

"These three issues are the cornerstones of SAD-BJP`s approach to governance where the Congress party was finding it hard to come out of its old divide and rule tactics," he said.