HOSHIARPUR, January 17: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had lost his memory as he had grown too old. Responding to Mr Badal’s question that where he (Capt Amarinder) had been during the last four years, Capt Amarinder shot back, “you have grown too old Mr Badal and you seem to have lost your memory and I was very much around and will always be in spite of all your efforts”.
“Don’t you remember that immediately after you became the Chief Minister you registered false criminal cases against me and then got me out of the assembly and I did not go anywhere and returned to the
assembly with the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court of India”,
Capt Amarinder Singh told Mr Badal, while adding amidst thundering
applause, “soon the Congress will return to power and you will be
Buoyed by the mammoth presence of over fifty thousand people at the
party rally organised here today, PCC President in his characteristic
aggressive tone, warned Mr Badal that although he did not nourish any
sense of vengeance against him, but he made it clear to him (Mr Badal)
that he will not spare any of the officers or jathedars found
responsible for having unleashed a reign of terror against the
Congress workers. “Listen you Mr Badal I have no sense of vengeance
towards you, but all those found guilty, I will hang them upside
down”, Capt Amarinder Singh asserted, while adding, “I don’t care what
you do with me, but I will neither forget nor forgive what you and
your people did with my party workers during the last four years”.
At the same time Capt Amarinder Singh called for an end to such
politics where innocent workers are victimised for none of their
faults. “This way we cannot take Punjab forward”, he pointed out.
Listing the failures of the current Akali-BJP regime he said, every
fifth person in Punjab was unemployed as of 2.5 crore population 25
lakh youth were unemployed. Because, he said, the Akalis did not do
anything accept for looting, robbing and victimising people.
The former Chief Minister disclosed that during his tenure he had
specially motivated the Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani to launch the
“farm to fork” project in Punjab. This, he said, would have enhanced
the income of the farmers, but the Akalis scrapped it just because
they could not tolerate that the Congress was doing something for
He said, not only the farmers all sections of the society were
alienated and disillusioned with this government. Be it the employees,
the unemployed, the traders, the industrialists or anybody else,
nobody is happy with this government and they want to check them out.
He asked the party workers to maintain the momentum they have set in
and ensure that Congress comes to power.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Hoshiarpur MP
Ms Santosh Chaudhary, Mr Lal Singh, Luv Kumar Goldy, Ashwani Sekhri,
Rana KP, Arvind Khanna, RC Dogra, Kamal Chaudhary, Sangat Singh
Gillkian, DP Sabberwal, Charanjit Singh Channi, Shinghara Ram, Gulshan
Rai Passi Monty, Mangat Ram Judge Mukerian, Chaudhary Ram Lubhaya and