Punjab: Cong promises free power, aata-dal subsidy

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 21:47

Faridkot: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee
President Amarinder Singh on Wednesday promised free power to
agriculture sector and subsidized "aata-daal" for the poor if
the party is voted back to power in January 30 polls.

He said if Congress comes back to power it will set up
three cancer hospitals, six medical colleges and six drug
de-addiction centres in the Malwa region.
Addressing a public meeting here, Amarinder asked the
people to draw their own comparisons between the five-year
rule of the Akali-BJP government between 2007 and 2012 with
that of the Congress between 2002 and 2007.

"You are the better judges and time has come for you to
make the right judgment," he told them while appealing them to
ensure that Congress forms the next government in the state.

Lashing out at the Akali-BJP government for its alleged
all-round failure, he asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to spell out
which development they had done and where.

He pointed out that bullet trains shown in newspapers
advertisements were those from Japan and the skyscrapers were
from Manhattan in the United States.
"Tell us where in Punjab are you running those bullet
trains and where are those skyscrapers being shown in your
advertisements"? Amarinder said.

He alleged Akalis were spreading "lies" and telling people
that when Congress comes to power it will stop "aata-daal"
scheme and free power to farmers.

He said the aata-daal scheme will be improved and further
subsidy provided to the poor.

Besides, he pointed out, it was Congress which had
introduced free power to farmers and there was no question of
it being withdrawn as the state is committed to ensuring that
till farmers get remunerative prices for their crops.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 21:47

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