Gurdaspur, Apr 11 UNI | 4 months ago

Punjab Pradesh Congress (PPCC) President Partap Singh Bajwa today said the time bomb had started ticking which would wipe out the Akali Dal from the face of Punjab.

He described Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal as self-terminator.

Addressing a series of meetings in Qadian constituency today where he kick started his poll campaign, Mr Bajwa said, Yes, I am a bomb, a time bomb. And this bomb will wipe out the Akali Dal from the face of Punjab in the Lok Sabha elections. Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal is like a genetically modified self-terminator seed which ends its own life cycle after a specified period of time and the political life cycle of the Akali Dal chief is nearing its end'.

He said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was fully aware of this self-terminator characteristic of his son and that was the reason he had not vacated his space in the government for him despite Mr Sukhbir Badal being desperate to take over.

The PPCC chief said Mr Sukhbir Badal, the man with a bloated ego and arrogance, was too scared of the post-poll scenario as his government was not just confronted with tsunami of anti-incumbency but also anger of the people at misrule, deteriorating law and order situation in the state for which the Akali goons were responsible and the menace of addiction which had gone viral due to easy availability of drugs being smuggled under the patronage of Akali leaders.

Referring to AAP, Mr Bajwa described it as a failed party lacking capacity to govern as evident from the way the

Delhi experience of the voters turned into a disaster. BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had the potential to inflict maximum damage to the social fabric of the country and governance.

Dubbing Mr Suchha Singh Chhotepur, AAP candidate from Gurdaspur, as the biggest opportunist, he said the AAP's seriousness could be gauged from the fact that the party had fielded a rank opportunist like Mr Chhotepur from Gurdaspur.

He said the way AAP ditched its voters in Delhi had conclusively proved that this party was nothing more than a misadventure resorting more to theatrics than offering any concrete programme. For a programme to be implemented, what was needed was adequate organisational structure and that too was lacking in this case.

Hitting out at AAP, Mr Bajwa said the lack of any serious concern for the people by this party was also indicative from the choice of Mr Chhotepur who was known as a weather cock and had never remained committed to any political party. At best, he was a rank opportunist who could change his loyalty to suit his vested political interests.

He called upon the people to weigh the record of this person carefully before going to the polling booths.

He recalled that Mr Chhotepur started his political career with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and then shifted to legislative politics. He had always been waiting for the opportune moment to strike a deal and he had repeated similar act once again. This also sent out the signal about the capacity of the AAP leaders to assess its candidates.

The state will go to polls on April 30.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)