Sounding the poll bugle for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi declared that Captain Amarinder Singh would be the party’s chief ministerial candidate. Launching a full-frontal attack against the Badals, Rahul blamed the ruling Akali Dal for failing to act against the drug problem ailing the state. “Guru Nanak said ‘everything is yours, nothing is mine’ and the Akali Dal says ‘everything is mine,’” said Rahul addressing an election rally on Majithia. Rahul accused the Badals of “hurting” Punjab by distributing its resources among themselves. “After Badals came to power in Punjab, they took everything — Punjab’s water, energy and resources and divided amongst themselves and left nothing for the people of Punjab,” he said.
He also charged the Badals for doing little for Punjab farmers. “Whenever a farmer sees clouds (badal), he becomes happy that there will be rain and his crops will be good, but that’s not the case in Punjab as Badals don’t give water in Punjab,” he said.
On the drug menace that has gripped Punjab in the last few years, Rahul said the Congress government, if elected to power, will enact a law that would “make everyone shiver at the first thought of drugs”. “Four years back, I said that 70 per cent youth are affected by drugs. Badals made fun of me. Now whole Punjab is saying what I had said,” Rahul claimed. Rahul is on a three-day visit to Punjab, where he will hold joint rallies with Amarinder and Navjot Singh Sidhu in Jalalabad and Lambi. Rahul will also campaign in Rampura Phul, Talwandi Sabo and Bathinda Urban, besides Majthia on Friday. Punjab will vote on February 4 and the counting will take place on March 11.