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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Ahead of polls, Congress to send report on corruption in Punjab to Team Anna

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) would send a detailed report on “rampant corruption in the state government and its shameless acts to reduce the authority of Lok Pal” to activist Anna Hazare and his team.

The move comes in the wake of propose plans of the Team Anna and the social activist to campaign in Punjab ahead of the assembly elections early next year.

“We welcome Team Anna to campaign on the issue (in Punjab),” state party chief Capt Amarinder Singh said.

Amarinder was talking to the media persons in Jalandhar on Friday evening at the residence of party MLA Amarjit Singh Samra where 13 SAD leaders from Hoshiarpur joined Congress in the presence of AICC general secretary Gulchain Singh Charak.

The former CM said that the Team Anna has raised two main issues - corruption and Lokpal - and in Punjab the SAD-BJP government has a abysmal record on both the issue. “We will send detailed materials about the corrupt activities of the government and how they have reduced the institution of Lokpal in Punjab. Team Anna would have to take into account both the factors and then they should take their decision,” he added.

Queried whether his son Raninder Singh would be contest the coming assembly elections, Amarinder ruled out any such possibility.

“Raninder has neither applied for the ticket nor would he have enough time. He is now the chairman of National Rifle Association where he needs to devote a lot of time. I don’t think he would be able to do justice to both the jobs,” Amarinder said.

The state Congress has received more than 2,000 applications from ticket aspirants. He said the party getting a re-survey done on 42 seats as the earlier review had not zeroed in on a single probable candidate.

Reacting to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s allegation that the ambitious irrigation project about strengthening canals and distributaries in Punjab could not be accomplished due to step-motherly treatment by central government, Amarinder said that state government should have got the projects cleared through the planning commission.

About the party manifesto he said that it would be released after Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee clears it.


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