Amarinder : Congress ahead of AAP, SAD-BJP with 51% share
Congress thinks that with AAP losing its advantage and BJP-SAD hit by anti-incumbency and splits, it has a lead in forthcoming Punjab polls. Now a few internal surveys favoring Congress have also boosted Party’s confidence.
Talking to media on Monday evening, Amarinder said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) surveys were still on but those by government agencies are placing the party in the first slot with 51% vote share, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) second with 31% and the SAD-BJP third with less than 20%.
AAP losing steam
He said AAP’s graph in Punjab, including its popularity among NRIs, has gone down. “There were about 40,000 people from all over Punjab at the AAP rally at Baghapurana. We will hold a rally of 5 lakh people before the paddy procurement season starts as farmers get busy then. We are waiting for the dates of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who will attend the rally,” he said.
Punjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) also announced its support to the Congress after winning the student council polls. Amarinder claimed that this was an indicator that the youth was with the party. “They have seen the governance model of the AAP in Delhi and are disenchanted by it now,” he said, adding that the verdict of the Supreme Court on Sehajdhari Sikhs too will bring many to the Congress fold.
‘Doval a total failure’
Reacting to Uri terror attack, Amarinder said national security adviser Ajit Doval was a “total failure”. Advocating Israel’s policy of “eye for an eye”, Amarinder said unless stringent action is taken, Pakistan-sponsored terror groups will continue to attack our forces. “Retaliatory action is needed to keep up the morale of our forces