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The PCC President reiterated that those Congress candidates who had withdrawn in favour of the Akalis or the BJP had done it under coercion and pressure.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.