For the 2017 elections is Punjab, Congress had decided to hold many “block-level” programmes with the public rather than having rallies.
In Bathinda on December 15, despite having a very big and successful rally, opposition had decided to redo their poll strategy.
“ We are changing our programme. Instead of having big rallies, we are going to hold interaction programme with public.”
It will be held at the level of block, the interaction is based on premise that sometimes people in the rallies don’t get answers of their questions and left unanswered and they want to have question and answer round with the public said by Amarinder Singh.
In the state, at the moment education is a big issue and for the children they were unable to provide education for their children.
He further added that in a big way we have to improve the education and creating job is another issue and for attracting more investment,we have to give “level playing games”.
On allegations of not visiting his constituency Amritsar, the Lok Sabha MP said, “I am interested in state politics. Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) wanted me to contest (Lok Sabha polls) and I contested as I could say no to her (Sonia). She told me that after you win the seat, if you want to go back to Punjab you can go back to Punjab. I won the seat. This does not mean that I am ignoring Amritsar.”
At least a month or twice,we go there and it’s not being easy a MP. Assemblies and Corporation is in the hands of Akali .”Everything is in their hands” and other than meeting people we cannot do anything.
It was admitted by Amarinder Singh that he is not even visiting the Parliament.In the state, the rallies were held, and 46 rallies were there till now, in order to increase the party’s strength.
Sukhpal Khaira’s, AAP member who was previously in Congress alleged that Amarinder Singh and Badal are caught in in corruption cases,however the former chief minister clarified that he had “zero contact” with Badals.
For last 9 years,In 2 cases, he had been “falsely been implicated by the Badals” and been fighting for the case.
Amarinder Singh condemns BJP-SAD state government because. probe ordered into the thrashing of a Journalist in the Jail of Patiala by Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in assassination of former Chief Minister Beant Singh
“They are trying to make a case against Kanwar Sandhu. It is like gagging the press. The state government is getting desperate and trying to vent its frustration on everybody,” he said.
For 2017 assembly elections, president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee said that the state unit will go for the early announcement of candidates.
By the 1st week of January it will be announced as PCC is reconstituted.
In presence of Amarinder Singh, Manish Tewari former union minister, Sunil Jakhar, Laal Singh and Jagmeet Singh Brar leaders of Congress, several members from SAD, BSP and AAP joined Congress.
Inder Mohan Singh Lakhmirwala led 31 workers from SAD, SGPC Sunam Member, Aam Aadmi Party 21 members including Circle in charges Aam Aadmi Party from Sangrur joined Congress.
Narinderpal Singh Sidhu Councilor from SAD also 10 people from SAD including some independents and from Talwandi Sabi 10 BSP workers joined Congress.
In the state, Aam Aadmi Party was not a challenge and the alliance of BJP-SAD was on its ” way-out ” said by Amarinder Singh.