Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced that his political front Punjab Lok Congress and BJP will jointly fight in the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala.
On Tuesday, Capt Amarinder addressed a meeting of the PLC candidates who contested the last assembly elections. The state BJP general secretary Subhash Sharma also attended the meeting.
The meeting took stock of the prevailing situation in the state and also reveiwed the performance of the party candidates in the last assembly elections.
Capt Amarinder said, while people of Punjab had voted overwhelmingly for the Aam Aadmi Party with great expectations, there was already a strong sense of disillusionment against the government sooner than it was expected.
The former Chief Minister said, not only had the AAP government backed out on several promises and commitments, it had also hurt the pride of Punjabis by usurping their power and rights.
He said, Punjabis will never tolerate an outsider like Arvind Kejriwal running the government from Delhi. He pointed out as how Kejriwal was conducting the meetings of Punjab officers in Delhi and issuing commands to them. It is unconstitutional and it is unacceptable, he said, while adding, “the way Kejriwal is running the government, he will run Punjab into ground”.
Responding to the demands of party leaders that he should start moving across the state, Capt Amarinder said, he will soon be announcing his statewide programme. In the first round, he said, he will visit all the district headquarters followed by assembly segments.
Addressing the meeting, BJP state general secretary Subhash Sharma said, although the BJP-PLC alliance could not win many seats, a strong foundation has already been laid down.
He said, while the immediate focus will definitely be on Municipal elections which are due within less than a year now, the alliance will be a formidable force in 2024 General Elections. He predicted that 2024 election in Punjab will be primarily between the BJP-PLC alliance and the AAP with Congress and the Akali being reduced to margins.