Punjab

People of state disenchanted with Badals, Captain, see AAP their only hope: Gopal Rai

Punjab Tribune Bureau | May 16, 2019 05:52 PM

Delhi Minister gives important ‘tips’ to volunteers on booth management in Bhatinda

Implementation of Swaminathan recommendation can only address Punjab farmers’ woes as in Delhi

 BATHINDA: Senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi cabinet minister Gopal Rai said that there was a visible ‘undercurrent’ in favour of the AAP which, he claimed would, surely than not, turn the tide in its favour in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.  

Addressing media persons here on Thursday said that people of the state had developed an avowed dislike for the Badals post their alleged involvement in the Bargari and Behbal Kalan episodes and their 10-year-old ‘misrule’ and, of course, the dismal performance of Harsimrat Kaur Badal as union minister, stating she could not ‘gift’ a single food processing unit to the state during her tenure nor could the 10-year BJP-Akali regime could do a precious little to ameliorating the lot of Bathinda.

Taking a dig at the Congress government in the state, Rai said that Captain Amarinder Singh, who grabbed power by lying on poll promise he made to the people, the party nominees would have to pay a heavy price for the peoples’ wrath. He stated that the promises on complete loan waiver and ‘ghar-ghar-rozgar’, and Captain’s failure to bring those behind the incidents of Bargari and Behbal Kalan had remained unfulfilled.

Enumerating the notable achievements the Delhi Government led by Arvind Kejriwal, Rai said that the capital city had witnessed an unprecedented development there, stating that it had implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Report to address the farmers’ distress, who were now getting  Rs 2616 per qntl and said that, if implemented in Punjab, it would change the fate of the beleaguered community in the state. Both the preceding and ruling governments, led by Manmohan Singh and Modi were dragging their feet on the issue.

Earlier, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and state unit chief Bhagwant Mann addressed massive gatherings during the road show in support of party’s Bhatinda Lok Sabha nominee Prof Baljinder Kaur which evoked huge response from the public, while Rai held meetings with party volunteers and leaders and gave ‘tips’ on booth management in the constituency.  

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