Congress state vice-president Sunil Jakhar on Friday said the claims made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal that Rs 6,000 crore had been spent on development schemes were totally false. Addressing a meeting at Daulatpura village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road, he said the father-son duo perhaps believed in the theory that a lie, if spoken hundred times, would emerge as truth. Over the past nine years, the government had failed to ensure the availability of potable water, disposal of waste water etc. in most of the 12,000 villages across the state. Badals’ home turf could be the only exception in that regard, he said. TNSPreneet hopes Capt is Cong CM faceBhawanigarh (Sangrur): Former Union Minister Preneet Kaur on Friday said the Congress high command would announce the party’s chief ministerial candidate at an appropriate time. Addressing party workers here, she said the party was in no hurry to announce either a CM candidate or their list of candidates as the grand old party had its own system. Asked whether Capt Amarinder would be the CM face, she said, “I hope so.” Lashing out at AAP, Preneet said, “Some people tend to get emotional and discard traditional parties. In the process, they end up electing political greenhorns… Only experienced people like Captain Amarinder Singh can ensure all-round development.” She alleged AAP leaders were unaware of Punjab’s ethos, history and traditions. — Sushil Goyal
Akalis criminalised politics: ManpreetDharamkot (Moga): Congress leader Manpreet Badal on Friday said the criminalisation of politics allegedly promoted by the SAD and the BJP and widespread corruption had ruined the socio-economic fabric of Punjab. Addressing a gathering on the home turf of Akali stalwart and Agriculture Minister Tota Singh at Dharamkot in Moga district, he appealed to the people to vote for the Congress in the Assembly elections to put the state back on tack of development. He scoffed at CM Badal for allegedly promoting nepotism. — Kulwinder SandhuEC to launch mobile app for state poll Chandigarh: The forthcoming Punjab polls will be more of an Information Technology (IT) affair for voters as well as for the parties for the Election Commission is busy putting a system in place to ensure complete mapping of the constituencies and for automatically tackling complaints of voters and political people in real-time. The politicians or workers of various parties are also likely to heave a sigh of relief with the introduction of the new IT-based solution by the EC for they would not need to rush to the police station to seek permission for holding “jalsas” or “nukkad” at public grounds or vacant places. The new system will enable voters to apply for such permissions on a single app.