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Capt Amarinder asks Dasuya voters to remind Akali-BJP of betrayal, failed promises


Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the voters of Dasuya to remind the Akali-BJP alliance of the failed promises and the betrayal with people of Punjab.

Addressing a public meeting in support of the party candidate for the byelection, Arun Mickey Dogra  here today, Capt Amarinder dispelled the notion that the byelections were inconsequential. "The outcome may not have any bearing on the survival of the government, but you can convey a firm message to the government that it has failed and betrayed you", he told the voters.

The PCC President pointed out, the alliance had promised round the clock electricity to people, but has not been providing even for 8 hours. He asked, "what happened to that promise". Moreover, he added, the power projects they were claiming to be setting up in Punjab had no commitment towards the state. He said, the state government was facilitating land acquisition for them without any benefit to the state.

He also referred to the problem of water in the kandi belt. He said, people were not getting drinking water even in this area.

Asserting that this government had miserably failed, Capt Amarinder asked, what happened to the promise of unemployment allowance to the 47 lakh unemployed youth? He pointed out, in the recent budget they had gone back all the promises they had made in the manifesto before the elections.

Referring to the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal's claims in the assembly that there were no vendetta cases he remarked,"it is so easy to deny it in the house, but the matter of the fact is that they have been and they continue to resort to vendetta by registering false cases and victimising the Congress workers".

He pointed out, only recently an Akali worker shot dead a youth while injuring 2 others after grabbing their land near Mukerian.

Making a fervent appeal to the people to vote for the Congress, he said, "make them (the Akali-BJP alliance) realise that you are really not happy with the government as not only has it failed on its promises, but also failed to maintain law and order". He said, what happened in Punjab after election results or during the Municipal Corporation elections was for everybody to see.

Speaking on the occasion, the Congress Legislative Party leader said, the Akali-BJP alliance was trapped in its own contradictions and the two alliance partners were keen to run down each other. He said, this was going to help the Congress.

Jakhar said, this government was neck deep in corruption with two of its ministers already removed on corruption charges while third one Gulzar Singh Ranike waiting to go after his PA was found to had embezzled Rs 1.5 crores meant for shagun of the poor girls.

He expressed confidence that the Congress was certain to win this election and announced that all the party MLAs will camp and campaign here till the election day.

Expressing his gratitude to the party for reposing trust in him, Arun Dogra promised to work hard and win the election for the party.

Among others present on the occasion included local MP Santosh Chaudhry, senior leaders Kewal Dhillon, Rana KP, Rana Gurjeet, OP Soni, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Sangat Singh Giljian, Love Kumar Goldy, shyam Sunder Arora, Harminder Gill, Amarjit Singh Samra, Satnam Singh Kainth, Ramesh Chander Dogra, Chaudhry Santokh and others.


Joshan, Majithia, Puri rejoin Congress

DASUYA (JALLANDHAR), June 30: Hansraj Jossan, Lali Majithia and Naresh Puri today joined the Congress in presence of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh, Congress Legislative Party Leader Sunil Jakhar and other senior leaders of the party at a public rally here today.

Welcoming them into the party fold, PCC President said, their homecoming will strengthen the party as they hold lot of influence in their respective areas. He said, these leaders had contested the elections independently as they felt that they deserved the party nomination. He said, taking into consideration the public support the party decided to induct them back.

Giving details, Capt Amarinder said, Jossan who contested against Sukhbir Badal from Jalalabad constituency got over 31,000 votes while Lali Majithia and Naresh Puri  got 27,000 each.  Lali Majithia contested againt Bikram Singh Majithia from Majithia assembly segment.

Talking to reporters about their rejoining the party, they said, they had contested independently to register their protest and make a point that they had been unjustifiedly denied the tickets. They said, they were feeling relieved after their homecoming.

Earlier, independent MLA from Mukerian Rajneesh Bubby also joined the Congress. Capt Amarinder announced that some more leaders will be rejoining the party in coming days.


Congress lashes out at BJP’s approval to Bluestar memorial


The Congress today ridiculed and lashed out at the Bhartiya Janata Party for its approval to the Operation Bluestar memorial. The party said, it was shocking as how BJP’s initial opposition to the Operation Bluestar memorial has now changed to approval thus exposing its double standards for clinging to power.

Reacting to the BJP vice president and Punjab incharge Shanta Kumar's statement on the issue, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna remarked, BJP seems be happy now since the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has explained to him (Kumar) that the “memorial would commemorate all those killed in Army operation, including innocent persons and not just militants”.
The Congress general secretary pointed out, this simply means that the BJP has no objection to militants’ memorial. “And when it is so for the BJP why should it oppose honouring of Balwant Singh Rajoana either?” he taunted BJP while adding, it is surprising as how a party that claims itself to be ultranationalist with zero tolerance to terrorism could approve the memorials for militants.
He asserted, the BJP was just trying to fool the masses while already having fooled itself. “There can be a memorial either for the militants or the innocents and not a combined one for the both”, he pointed out, while asking what about thousands of innocents including several BJP workers and leaders who were killed by the militants. He said, BJP owes an explanation to the families of the terrorist victims in general and the BJP workers in particular as why it approved the memorial.
 “It is clear choice between principles and power”, Khanna remarked, while pointing out, “and in this current case the BJP has opted for power while giving a damn to its principles”. He said, while there was nothing new in BJP’s double standards, but the way it has compromised and climbed down on such a crucial issue has only reaffirmed the public belief that the party can stoop to any extent to stick to the power, if at all it is allowed to enjoy any by an overwhelmingly dominating partner like Shiromani Akali Dal


Capt Amarinder: Budget is more of a political than a financial statement

CHANDIGARH, June 20: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the state budget presented by the Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa was more of a political than a financial statement which concealed more than it revealed. “This budget has a hidden taxation agenda which this government will reveal very soon”, he remarked.
In his preliminary reaction to the FM’s budget speech Capt Amarinder said, the budget has only betrayed the inefficiency of this government which has less revenue and more expenditure. He pointed out, against a total revenue of Rs 38043 crores, the expenditure was Rs 41166 crores with a revenue deficit of Rs 3123 crores and no provision for bridging the gap.
The PCC President expressed his doubts whether the government was really not imposing any taxes. He disclosed that the state government had presented the so called “tax free” budget in the assembly only to impose various taxes later. He predicted that the government will go for punitive taxation after the Dasuya bye-election which amounts to fraud with the people.
The former Chief Minister reiterated his concern about the mounting debt which has already touched Rs 78, 236 crores as on March 31, 2012 and is estimated to be Rs 87518 crores by the end of this fiscal. He said, this was financially an alarming situation and the state was headed towards bankruptcy only.
He asked the government as what has happened to its power dreams with virtually no money allocated for the power sector except for the routine subsidy. “Will this government explain as how it plans to provide round the clock electricity within two years as it has not allocated a single penny for power projects?” he asked, while adding all the investments in power being claimed by the government are being made by the private sector with no commitment of providing power to Punjab.
Capt Amarinder said, it is shocking that the state government is not able to meet even its day to day expenses and has run into deficit without investing into infrastructure or welfare measures. He pointed out, the government should at least be able to meet is basic expenses like the salaries, pensions, subsidy and interests and should not have to borrow for these.
“If we have to borrow money for paying salaries and interest we can well imagine what is the state of economy of Punjab”, he observed, while blaming the Akali-BJP government for the perpetual economic and financial mismanagement.

Congress urges the SAD-BJP govt. to honor its poll promises in the ensuing budget..........Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Ex-MLA


First 100 days of any govt. are crucial as they reflect the will, commitment and intention of those at the helm. The SAD-BJP govt. has almost completed more than three months in office, a close perusal of its poll promises would clearly indicate its dismal performance. The below mentioned poll promises were supposed to be honored at the first cabinet meeting of the govt. but unfortunately true to the style of the politicians, Sh. Badal has not done so even after completing three months

Important unkept election promises
1.      Free laptop for class XI and XII students.
2.      Rs. 1000 unemployment dole per month to those registered in employment exchanges.
3.      Old age and widow pensions to be doubled.
4.      Free health care of Rs lacs for blue card holders, marginal farmers, widows and orphans at Rs. 1600/year.
5.      Rs. 10,000 scholarships for 20 outstanding sportsmen.
6.      5 marla plots for 3 lac landless village families.
7.      Shagun scheme to be doubled to Rs. 30,000 from the present Rs. 15,000 and daughters of ex-servicemen to be included.
8.      Stadium in each district at Rs. 12 Crore per stadium.
9.      Free cycles to girl students from class IX onwards.
10. Free power of 250 watt for Dalit and EWS.
11. Memorials to Guru Ravi Dass  and Bhagwan Valmiki.
12. Wi-Fi coverage for Punjab.

Surplus power for agriculture, domestic and industrial sector was promised in the election manifesto 2007 by the SAD-BJP govt. i.e. by 2010 Punjab was supposed to be power surplus. A major unkept promise even in 2012.
The congress terms the first three months of the govt. a big zero, an utter failure on all fronts. The only achievement of the present govt. ofcourse has been murder, rape of democracy and a farce enacted in the name of the just concluded Muncipal elections. The congress also accuses the govt. of relentlessly pursuing the agenda of political vendetta. Congress leaders and cadres are being intimidated, coerced and threatened by the police force which is virtually being used as a private army by the Badal clan. Employees after having been promised the moon in the run up for elections are now being brutally beaten up day in day out across the state. The fiscal situation continues to be critical with the ever increasing debt burden of Rs. 78,000 crores.
The Congress party calls upon the people at large, its rank and file and cadres to be prepared for a long drawn struggle to rid the state of an incompetent, inefficient and rampantly corrupt SAD-BJP govt.
The congress party urges the SAD-BJP govt. to honor the above mentioned poll promises in the ensuing budget. In case the govt. fails to honor its election promises it would be understood that the election manifesto of the SAD-BJP was to merely hoodwink the voters to cling on to power.


Arun ‘Mickey’ Dogra to be Congress candidate from Dasuya

CHANDIGARH, June 19: Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi has approved the candidature of Arun ‘Mickey’ Dogra for Dasuya bye-election scheduled to be held on July 11.

Disclosing this here today, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder said, following the recommendation by the PCC, Ms Gandhi approved Dogra’s name yesterday.

He expressed confidence that the party will win the bye-election as people had got disillusioned with the Akali-BJP government. He said, the party has chalked a comprehensive campaign programme to ensure victory from there.  

Arun Dogra is the son of former Minister Ramesh Chander Dogra who has represented Dasuya constituency a number of times. 


Capt Amarinder seeks probe into EVM tampering; writes to CEC


Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Captain Amarinder Singh today sought probe into the reports of tampering of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Amritsar.
He has also written to the Chief Election Commissioner of India seeking detailed investigation about the EVM working and if and how these can be made foolproof as some developed democracies had already reverted back to ballot papers.
Referring to the reports of EVM tampering in Amritsar by the hackers hired by the Akalis, PCC President said that the Congress in Punjab has been consistently maintaining that the EVMs were not tamper-proof and these can be manipulated and these have been manipulated time and again.
He disclosed that the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar had reportedly raised the matter with the State Election Commission for ordering repolling in some wards were some youth were found to be using wireless technology like Wifi and Bluetooth to tamper the EVMs to alter the results.
The PCC President stated that similar things were reported during the assembly election as well and now these have been repeated in the Municipal Corporation elections also. He pointed out during the MC elections the total control is with the state administration which is under direct control of the Punjab government. Even during the assembly elections the EVMs remain in the custody of the state officials.
Moreover, he added, when there are reports that Wifi and Bluetooth technology was being used in tampering the machines even the tight security will not be any deterrent. He said, the issue needs a thorough investigation by the technical experts from the field. Otherwise, he added, the elections will hardly served any purpose as long as the EVMs are programmed for a particular result as has been reported from different places.
Capt Amarinder remarked, “you never know whether it has happened at other places as well,  as also during the assembly elections which now appears be a strong possibility, as the doubts have started being confirmed”. This, he added, calls for a thorough investigation from all aspects.


Congress retort to Sh. Bikram Majithia

Sukhpal Singh Khaira

The reported statement of Sh. Bikram Majithia predicting collapse of the Congress in Punjab smacks of a typical arrogant feudal brat, drunk by the power of the state. It also reflects his ungrateful character as it was the glorious Congress party that gave political identity to his forefathers, otherwise considered stooges of the erstwhile British.

The fact is that the new feudal lords (Sukhbir- Majithia) of Punjab are hell bent on ruining democracy in the state. During the last five years of their misrule, they had hijacked all vital trades of sand mining-quarrying, cable network (owning PTC channel), transport, bulk liquor besides amassing enormous ill gotten wealth from rampantly corrupt and scandalous deals like the PIMS Jalandhar.

These feudals very cleverly diverted the agenda of the just concluded Vidhan Sabha elections from the vital issues of the people such as education, health, unemployment, drugs, road accidents etc. to manipulation and management by pumping in huge sums of money from their ill gotten resources.

It is noteworthy that all recent defections from the Congress rank and file towards the Akali Dal are through arm twisting and intimidating methods adopted by these feudals.  These forced defections are a result of gross misuse of the government machinery particularly the police, which has become a handy tool and is working as a private army of the Akali’s. All those who have left the Congress have done it out of coercion and are likely to revert back to their parent party at the right time.   

In so far the claims of victory in the just concluded Municipal elections are concerned, it was nothing but murder and rape of democracy as highlighted by the entire media. There was a poll related murder, booth capturing, violence by Akali goons backed by the police, hacking of the EVM machines, state sponsored intimidation of not only candidates but even Capt Amarinder Singh and Ms Preneet Kaur MOS. Elections in Punjab have been reduced to a farce with these ruling feudals having no digestion for opposition from any quarter.

As far as the tall claims of Sh Majithia are concerned, he must first look within self for qualities as a leader. All candidates of the SAD-BJP where Sh. Majithia campaigned lost the elections, will such a leader be able to wipe out the Congress?

To sum it up, it is high time that the people of Punjab get liberation from the new and old feudals on both sides of the political spectrum. Let the unresolved issues of the people take centre stage and let not the egos of hot headed leaders like Sh. Majithia dominate the politics of Punjab.


S. Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP, on Badal Sahib extending support

Baba Ram Dev should have thought twice before approaching for support from Badals for bringing back the black money from abroad as everyone knows that the Badals have millions of millions stashed in the foreign banks and stands at number one in the list of such politicians, who have even faced corruption charges in courts also stating this Member of Parliament S. Ravneet Singh Bittu today expressed shock at the poor vision of Baba Ramdev towards corruption and said that it has become really a matter of joke of the day. This step of Baba Ram Dev spells the genuinty of his mission and it merely shows nothing else other than a baseless and biased campaign against the Congress Party

S. Ravneet Singh Bittu further advised Baba Ramdev to pre-check the honesty and integrity of the leaders in other parts of the country before he meets them for the success of his crusade in future.


Capt Amarinder: Badal running with the hare and hunting with the hounds


---Ridiculing the statement of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal that he had nothing to do with the Operation Bluestar Memorial being set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandik Committee, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said, he (Sukhbir) was lying and trying to escape the responsibility on the issue. He said, if that be the case both Sukhbir and his father should explain their position on the memorial and Balwant Singh Rajoana whom they have declared the ‘Zinda Shaheed’.

Addressing a press conference here today, Capt Amarinder said, it was typical of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to “run with the hare and hunt with the hounds”. He said, Badals double standards were exposed as on the one hand he had given his approval to setting up of the memorial and on the other hand he was maintaining a silence while his son was trying to run away from the issue. “Who does not know that the SGPC and Akal Takhat are controlled by the Badals only?” he said, while asking, “is it possible that the SGPC president Avtar Makkar will do anything without their (the Badals’) knowledge.

Apprehending clear designs behind the move, the PCC President said, it was characteristic style of Mr Badal to create “controlled-destabilization” in the state to retain his relevance some way or the other. “Otherwise what is the logic of setting up a memorial after 28 years?” he asked.
He reiterated his question to the BJP as why had the party maintained a silence on the issue or whether the party had submitted to the Akali agenda. “I am surprised as why the BJP is silent on the issue”, he remarked.
Capt Amarinder said, the Operation Bluestar was a tragic event which he had also not approved of and he had resigned in protest. “But that does not mean we keep on raking up the issue time and again for narrow partisan and selfish purpose”, he observed, while adding Punjab needs to move forward and not backward as Akalis are trying to do.
Reiterating that Rajoana was a terrorist who had killed the former Chief Minister Mr Beant Singh, he condemned the Akalis for glorifying and making him a hero. He clarified that he had opposed only his death penalty as personally he was against capital punishment. “He is a killer and he should be treated as such and not as a hero as Akalis are trying to make him for vested interests only”, he made it unambiguously clear.
Capt Amarinder was accompanied by local MP and National Spokesperson of the Congress Manish Tewari, Congress Legislative Party leader Mr Sunil Jakhar, PCC vice president Laal Singh, general secretary Arvind Khanna, MLAs GS Bhoparai, Gurkirat Kotli, DCC president Pawan Dewan, Malkiat Singh Dakha, Jassi Khangura and others.


Capt Amarinder lashes out at State Election Commission; condemns state sponsored violence


Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today lashed out at the functioning of the State Election Commission saying it was doubtful whether the commission existed at all.
Besides, he cautioned the “ultra-loyalist” officials of the Akalis against any partisan role during elections telling them five years is not a long time as they will have to account for one day.
He also condemned the state sponsored violence resorted to by Akalis at several places across the state during the Nagar Panchayat elections held today in which Congress workers were assaulted, injured and at several places slapped with false cases also.
Addressing a press conference after wrapping up his two day campaign tour of Ludhiana, Capt Amarinder said, the Akalis appear to have sensed their defeat and that was the reason that they had started resorting to violence while police were watching as mute spectators. He referred to the attack on Raikote MLA Mr GS Boparai and on the car cavalcade of Jassi Khangura in Dakha area at the behest of the local Akali MLA Manpreet Ayali.
The PCC President said, the Akalis seemed to be desperate that they were trying to use all means by hook or crook to register a win in these elections. He apprehended similar violence on June 10 but warned that the Congress workers will not take anything lying down.
He criticised the state government for transferring the senior police and civil services officers while the election code of conduct was in force. “This is clearly aimed at scripting a victory for themselves in these elections”, he remarked.
Referring to the functioning of the state election commission, he regretted, it did not do its job well. “The commission is not doing its job with the due responsibility it is expected to”, he remarked.
The PCC President said that the Akali-BJP alliance was using its “ultra-loyalist” officials in making bogus votes. He disclosed that in Amritsar alone 42 thousand votes had been prepared just two days ago which is unprecedented. “I want to tell all the SDMs, SHOs and other officials that five years is not a long time and they will have to account for what they do today”, he warned.
The PCC President was accompanied by the local MP and the National Spokesperson of the Congress Manish Tewari, PCC Vice President Laal Singh, DCC president Pawan Dewan, Milkiat Dakha,GS Bhoparai, Gurkirat Kotli, Jassi Khangura, Bhupinder Sidhu and others.

Capt Amarinder does not favour Bluestar Memorial

CHANDIGARH, June 5: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said it was completely wrong to set up Operation Bluestar Memorial as it was not going to help the state in anyway. He also condemned the attempts to glorify Balwant Singh Rajoana convicted of murdering former Chief Minister S Beant Singh.

Replying to a question on the issue during a press conference at Amritsar today, Capt Amarinder maintained that Punjab cannot afford such things, like the Bluestar Memorial, as last three decades had only seen the state’s economic decline.

He said, setting up such memorials do not send the right signals. “We must look forward”, he remarked.

The PCC President questioned the attempts of glorifying Rajoana, saying, “he (Rajoana) is a murderer who had murdered our Chief Minister”.

At the same time Capt Amarinder clarified that he had only opposed the death penalty to Rajoana since he was against the capital punishment to anyone. He said, he had suggested converting Rajoana’s punishment from death to life imprisonment which meant that for the whole life he should remain behind the bars.


Congress workers morale high; party to sweep all 4 municipal corporations

AMRITSAR, June 5: Asserting that the morale of the party rank and file was quite high, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the Congress will sweep all the four Municipal Corporations for which elections are being held on June 10. He also made it clear to the Akali-BJP alliance not to remain under any misimpression that they may resort to intimidation on the eve of or at the time of elections lest Congressmen retaliate in the same measure.

Addressing a press conference before joining the party’s campaign here today, Capt Amarinder maintained that the morale of the party rank and file was all time high that over 1300 candidates applied for 250 corporation seats. He said, the party was confident of sweeping victory in all the four corporations even after so much of intimidation, harassment and vendetta by the ruling alliance.

Ridiculing the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s claims that so many Congressmen were willing to join the Akali Dal, the PCC President remarked, “he (Sukhbir) seems to be living in a fool’s paradise”. He clarified that joining of one or two leaders here or there does not mean that entire Congress was joining his party.

The PCC President reiterated that those Congress candidates who had withdrawn in favour of the Akalis or the BJP had done it under coercion and pressure. “The Akalis and the BJP have been trying to use all the dirty tricks in the trade to force the Congress candidates to withdraw”, he revealed while adding, “they have succeeded only at some places, while they have attempted it everywhere”.

He stated that the very fact that the Akalis and the BJP are so desperate to force Congress candidates withdraw is indicative of their imminent defeat. “Otherwise if they had been confident of victory they will never try to buy or force withdrawals”, he pointed out.

Spelling out the campaign strategy, the PCC President said, all the Majha leaders including the MLAs, MPs and ex-MLAs have been deputed to Amritsar while all the Doaba MLAs, ex-MLAs and MPs and ex-MPs have been deputed to Jallandhar for the campaigning. All the Malwa MLAs, ex-MLAs, MPs and ex-MPs are campaigning at Ludhiana and Patiala.

Capt Amarinder accompanied by the local leaders went around the entire city and interacted with the candidates and people. He assured them that the party was firmly with them and it will not allow any high handedness or intimidation by the ruling alliance. “We are closely watching and monitoring the situation and will not allow anything untoward happen and ensure that there are free and fair elections to the corporations”, he said.



·        Sukhbir welcomes Ranwinder Singh alias Pappu Ramuwala in Party fold

Chandigarh, June 5

Punjab Congress Party today suffered a major set back as former district President of Congress unit of Moga Mr. Ranwinder Singh alias Pappu Ramuwala today joined Shiromani Akali Dal along with District office bearers and supporters in the presence of SAD President and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Welcoming Mr. Ranwinder Singh in party fold, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Congress leaders from all the districts were making beeline to join Shiromani Akali Dal as they were totally frustrated, disheartened and demoralized with their leaders fighting their own ego battles leaving party workers in lurch. He said that even Congress leaders have accepted the fact that it was Shiromani Akali Dal that can take Punjab on the pinnacle of glory.
Expressing full faith in the party ideology of Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Pappu Ramuwala said that they were dismayed by their state leadership as they have left the party workers as orphans. He said that there was no point serving in a party whose leader was inaccessible and even after meeting him, former Ministers have to introduce themselves to refresh the memory of sleepy leadership.
Mr. P.S. Gill former DGP also welcomed the Pappu Ramuwala and his supporters in the party


Punjab Congress nominates MLAs, ex-MLAs to MC campaign committees


In order to intensify and strengthen the campaigning in four Municipal Corporations of Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar and Jallandhar, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today nominated senior leaders, MLAs and ex-MLAs to the campaign committees constituted by the PCC President Capt Amarinder Singh last month.
The PCC Spokesman said, these leaders will further boost the campaigning and will work alongwith the members and the respective chairmen of the committees.

The list is as follows:                     

1.     S. Hardayal Singh Kamboj, MLA                                             
2.     S. Kewal Singh Dhillon, MLA                                                    
3.     S. Randeep Singh Nabha, MLA                                                
4.     S. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA                                            
5.     Sh. MadalLal, Ex-MLA                                                                
6.     Smt. Razia Sultana, Ex-MLA                                                      
7.     Sh. AmanArora                                                                            
8.     S. Raninder Singh                                                                        
9.     Smt. HarbansKaurDullo, Ex-MLA                                            
10.    Sh. BrijLalGoyal, Ex-MLA  
11.  S. Balbir Singh Sidhu, MLA           
12.   S. Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Ex-Minister                                                                                          
13.   Sh. RanaRajinder Singh, President, DCC SAS Nagar                                                                             
14.    Sh. S.M.S. Sandhu  
1.     Sh. Sunder Sham Arora, MLA                                                  
2.     S. Sangat Singh Gilzian, MLA                                                    
3.     Sh. Tarlochan Singh Soondh, MLA                                         
4.     Smt. GuriqbalKaur, MLA                                                           
5.     Sh. Kuldeep Kumar Nanda                                                        
6.     S. Kanwaljit Singh Lalli                                                               
7.     Sh. Ramesh ChanderDogra, Ex-Minister                               
8.     S. TejPrakash Singh, Ex-MLA                                                    
9.     Sh. Lov Kumar Goldy, Ex-MLA                                                 
10.    Ch. Santokh Singh, Ex-Minister   
11.   S. Inderjit Singh Dhanna   
12.   Dr. Raj Kumar          
13.  Sh. PawanAdia, Ex-Chairman Imp. Trust                                                                                                
14.   Sh. Micky Dogra      
15. Sh. Satnam Singh Kainth   
16. Dr.Surjit Singh         
17.  S. Gurpreet Singh Sonu Dhesi
18.Rana Rajinder Singh Randhawa

1.     S. TriptRajinder Singh Bajwa, MLA                                           
2.     S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, MLA                                       
3.     Smt. ArunaChaudhary, MLA                                                      
4.     Smt. CharanjitKaurBajwa, MLA                                                 
5.     S. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, MLA                                          
6.     S. Ramanjit Singh Sikki, MLA                                                      
7.     S. Harpartap Singh Ajnala, President, DCC Amritsar (R)    
8.     Dr.DharamvirAgnihotri, President, DCC Tarn Taran           
9.     S. Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Ex-Minister                                      
10.   S. Sardool Singh, Ex-Minister    
11.   S. Sawinder Singh Kathunangal, Ex-MLA                                                                                             
12.  S. Harminder Singh Gill   
13.   S. Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, Vice President, PYC                                                                                
14.  Sh. Sukhwinder Singh, General Secretary, PYC                                                                                
15.  S. Tarsem Singh     
1.  Jagmohan Singh Kang, MLA        
1.     Sh. ArvindKhanna, MLA                                                                 
2.     S. Gurkirat Singh Kotli, MLA                                                         
3.     S. Kuljit Singh Nagra, MLA                                                             
4.     Sh. Joginder Pal Jain, MLA                                                             
5.     S. Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA                                                         
6.     S. Gurcharan Singh Boparai, MLA                                               
7.     S. Malkiat Singh Dakha, President, DCC Ludhiana (R)           
8.     S. Harinder Singh Bhambri, President, DCC F’ Sahib             
9.     S. Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Ex-MLA                                                
10    S. Major Singh Bhaini    
11.   S. Jasbir Singh Khangura, Ex-MLA                                                                                                              
12.  S. Jagjeevan Singh Gill   
13.   S. Satinder Pal Singh Tajpuri   
14.   Sh. Sunil Kapoor 
15. S. Kamaljit Singh Dhillon, Treasurer, PPCC                                                                               
16. Sh. Lakhvir Singh Lakha
17.S. Harminder Singh Pradhan, Ex-MLA                                                                                                     
18.   S. Jagdeep Singh Sidhu 
19.  Sh. R. K. Shukla,           



PCC President appeals rebels to withdraw lest they face action

CHANDIGARH, June 2: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today appealed to all the party workers contesting against the official candidates in municipal corporation elections in Ludhiana, Patiala, Jallandhar and Amritsar to withdraw lest the party needs to take strict action against them.

In a statement issued here today Capt Amarinder asked all the rebels to withdraw by Monday, June 4, failing which they will be expelled from the party for a period of six years.

Maintaining that the rebels will not gain anything by standing against own party candidates, it will only provide undue advantage to the Akali-BJP alliance. He said, this was the time for the party rank and file to unite and romp home all the four municipal corporations.

The PCC President said, the candidates were selected after thorough discussions and deliberations. He said, while party understands the aspirations of the workers to contest, but it is not possible to give seat to every applicant. Hence, as loyal workers they must accept the party decision and withdraw as independents and support the party candidates.


Appeal to all congressmen across Punjab to stand their ground and not to desert the party at this critical juncture.

June 02, 2012

Sukhpal Singh Khaira

            Through this statement, I urge the leadership as well cadres and the rank and file of the congress party to hold their fort and stand their ground politically. The recent trend of certain party leaders joining Akali dal would lead them no where and they would be frustrated in a short span of time.

            Having come from an Akali background myself, I can say with experience and confidence that the Badal family can only be loyal to self. The senior Badal has always betrayed his senior colleagues throughout his political career. Deserving Akali stalwarts like Sardar Gurmeet Singh Brar father of S. Jagmeet Singh Brar was virtually murdered politically for being upcoming, bright and well educated leader. Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra who served the ‘Panth’ selflessly was also not spared by the wily Badal. My own father late S. Sukhjinder Singh spent years in jail for the party, resigned from the Barnala cabinet in 1986 to install Sh. Badal as President of Akali Dal Badal for the first time, was also a victim of the Badals feudal family oriented politics.

            Even today the top hierarchy of Akali Dal is occupied by the immediate Badal family and there is no scope for any self respecting leader in the so called ‘Panthic’ party. The Badals have thoroughly polluted the politics of Punjab with money, muscle and drug power. Issues of the common man such as education, health, unemployment etc. have taken a back seat and are no more agenda of the Akali’s.

            There have been more testing time for the congress before as well, such as the post emergency era but the party has always emerged stronger. Therefore, I urge all congressmen to unite at the crucial juncture and not to fall prey to the wily machinations of the junior Badal, as ultimately they will ditch all those joining them.

            Punjab needs a formidable opposition party like the congress to watch the interest of its people. You will notice that in a short while the ruling alliance is likely to crumble like a pack of cards owing to its dismal financial situation.
            I would infact appeal to all likeminded opposition parties and groups like the PPP, communists, BSP and the 17 strong farmers/workers union to unite at this juncture, to oppose tooth and nail the anti-people politics and the ‘goonda’ raj of the Badal family in Punjab.