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Old 09-Apr-2011
Captain: Will reverse decision if voted to power

Patti April 9:

Sounding the poll bugle, former CM and PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh said that if the SAD-BJP government converted the Khalsa College into a private university, he would reverse the decision, if the Congress came to power.

Addressing a rally at the constituency of CM Parkash Singh Badal’s son-in-law and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Pratap Kairon, Singh said, “The Khalsa College is a jewel of Punjab. The institution is an indispensable part of Punjabi heritage as many of our generations have acquired knowledge in it. The Badal family, in connivance with its relatives, is trying to grab the college and convert it into a private university, but we will not allow this to happen.”

He alleged the decision was a conspiracy. “It is part of a bigger conspiracy of the Badals to grab prime land and sell it at throwaway prices to their favourites as they had done with the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Jalandhar.” He added if the Badals were so keen on having a private university they should form it elsewhere. He said corruption would be the main poll plank of the Congress and they would “expose the corrupt SAD-BJP government”.

He said the Congress would give priority to youth and women in ticket allotment. Referring to Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal’s promise of making Punjab power surplus within two years, he said that even after four years of the incumbent government Punjab remains a power deficit state. “Instead the Badals have certainly gone surplus in their own wealth by grabbing transport, sand mining, cable and liquor business.”

Meanwhile, cracks surfaced in the local Congress unit as PPCC member Maninder Singh Patti held a separate rally to lodge his protest against “outsiders ruling the roost in district Congress affairs”. Among those present on the occasion included senior party leaders Lal Singh, Rana Gurjit, Arvind Khanna and Harminder Singh Gill.

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