Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi make a great team: Punjab CM

Vastavam web: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra make a “great team” and would “wipe out” the Modi government in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh claimed Thursday. Trashing allegations of the Congress promoting dynastic politics, he said, “The people vote for individuals, not for dynasty.”

Attributing the Congress victories in recent assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattishgarh to Rahul Gandhi’s efforts, he said the party president has “evolved greatly” as a leader. In contrast to his mother, who used to listen and mull over the issues, Rahul Gandhi discusses them and takes prompt decisions with total confidence, he said. Reacting to the recent Kolkata standoff between the Mamata Banerjee’s government and the CBI, the chief minister described the central agency’s action “as a sheer case of victimisation and unacceptable in a democratic polity”.

“Even the ED cases against Robert Vadra are nothing but victimization and vindictiveness by the Central government, he said, adding that such acts have no place in a civilised nation”. “The things are not done this way in a democratic society,” he said. Claiming there is no vendetta against the Badals, the chief minister, however, added, “Investigations are in progress in all the allegations against the Badals and (former Akali minister) Bikram Singh Majithia and they will pay for their misdeeds. On the Narendra Modi government’s performance, Singh claimed it has failed to do anything for the welfare of farmers, who were not being given even the MSP on their crops.

He claimed even the sugar and cotton industries were in dire straits. Accusing Prime Minister Modi of backtracking in implementing the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations on the farming sector, Amarinder Singh said, The report had to be implemented in toto and not piecemeal for their own advantage.”

He claimed the Congress government, on the other hand, has managed to bring things on track “despite the massive fiscal crisis we inherited from the erstwhile Badal government”. “Apart from successfully generating 6.25 lakh jobs in less than two years, our government has so far waived Rs 4,786 crore of debts of farmers, which, though not sufficient, was much better than the Rs 17 a day earning announced by the Modi government in its recent interim budget,” he said. Listing out major challenges facing the BJP in the upcomning Lok Sabha elections, Singh claimed that it would lose the elections due to disenchantment of youths over massive unemployment and the distress among farmers.

Hailing the opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Singh said though it was a welcome step, there was need for vigilance as Pakistan’s ISI could misuse it for its own nefarious ends.