Gurdaspur, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa today said BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had no magic wand to uplift the sinking fortunes of the Akali Dal-BJP candidates in Punjab.

Mr Bajwa, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, also challenged his BJP opponent Vinod Khanna on performance index in the Lok Sabha.

He said the anti-incumbency against the state government in general and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in particular, was so strong that Mr Modi would miserably fail to reverse the situation and this alliance would be wiped out from the state.

The desperate alliance was counting on Mr Modi but this state was different from the rest of the country due to its political dynamics, the PPCC Chief remakred.

He said this government's only claim to fame was that this once most prosperous state had been turned into a state of addicts.

People had openly started demanding from the rulers, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, that licenced vends should be opened here on the Rajasthan pattern for selling poppy husk (Bhukki), Mr Bajwa lamented.

He alleged that smuggling of narcotics was being controlled by the ruling party's mafia. The Akali Dal candidates had now become so demoralised from the prospect of defeat that they had also started supporting this demand, the Congress leader asserted.

He cited the case of Akali Dal candidate from Faridkot Paramjit Kaur Gulshan in this regard.

The state will go to polls on April 30.

(Posted on 23-04-2014)