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Amarinder Singh keen to contest against CM Badal from Lambi

He desired to fight both Lambi and Patiala, if permitted by the party, says Amarinder

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

Amarinder Singh
Amarinder Singh

president on Saturday said he has sought the party high command's permission to fight the upcoming Assembly from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's assembly constituency of Lambi to ensure the "total defeat" of the Akali leadership in the state.

Amarinder was talking to reporters here to welcome into the fold former leader Daljit Singh.

He said he wanted to fight against the Chief Minister on his home turf as he wished to defeat all the top Akali leaders "responsible for destroying the state through drugs, mafia and the goonda raj".

The PPCC chief said he had requested the high command to allow him to fight the Assembly polls from Lambi so that he could free from the "vicious and destructive rule of the Badals".

He said he desired to fight both Lambi and Patiala, if permitted by the party.

"The entire state is in shambles," Amarinder alleged and lambasted Badal as well as his family and associates for bringing to such a "shameful state".

The former Punjab chief minister cited the example of the Nabha jail break to point out how "goondas were being allowed a free run in the state to help the Akalis during the polls".

Amarinder said if Congress forms the government in the state, it would open a probe into all "Akali scams and punish every person found guilty of any criminal deed, especially drug trade".

Reiterating his opposition to "use of violence" against the Badals, he urged the people to "vent their frustration and anger" against the Akalis through the ballot.

The PPCC president said the schemes he had launched for the welfare of the people would be strictly implemented and he would fulfil every single promise made to the state, including waiver of farm loans, one job in each household and mobile phones to youth.

The former Lok Sabha MP said the Congress government would renegotiate the interest rates on farm loans and settle them in a way that the burdened farmers do not have to pay a single penny from their pockets.

Asserting that his party was committed to the state's welfare, Amarinder pointed out that he had resigned from his Lok Sabha membership for the "cause of Punjab's water".

He said he needed two-third majority to ensure that he is able to meet all his targets for the state's welfare and asked the people to use their votes judiciously in the best interest of Punjab.

Replying to a question, the PPCC chief said the nation would never allow Mahatma Gandhi's picture on the Indian currency notes to be replaced with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and any suggestion to this effect was a sign of sycophancy.

First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 19:22 IST