Both the leaders, along with MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh and DCC rural chairman Jagbir Singh Brar, were in the city Thursday for a series of meetings with over 25 trade organisations and Dalit leadership to prepare a ‘people-friendly’ manifesto.Congress leaders over the issue of ‘lal batti” (red beacon) in vehicles when senior Congress leader and former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal who is also Punjab manifesto Committee Chairperson, and its convenor Manpreet Singh Badal had different opinions on the matter.
Both the leaders, along with MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh and DCC rural chairman Jagbir Singh Brar, were in the city Thursday for a series of meetings with over 25 trade organisations and Dalit leadership to prepare a ‘people-friendly’ manifesto.
Asked if the Congress’s manifesto would promise to wipe out the VVIP culture or ‘red beacon’ vehicle culture for the elected representatives, Manpreet replied, “Yes, it will be ended 100 per cent by the Congress if voted to power and the same will be in our manifesto as well”.
Bhattal, on the other hand, remained non-committal and said, “We cannot promise anything on red beacon culture at this moment. We can only recommend to the Congress High Command and the final decision will be theirs.”
Announcing a series of measures aimed at the welfare of the Punjab, the manifesto committee declared that if voted to power, the Congress would bring over 30 such legislation to tackle the rising corruption, to streamline the bureaucracy and to take on the leaders owning benami lands worth crores.
Manpreet Badal said that in the manifesto they will promise Rs. 51,000 for Shagun Schem, Rs 2,000 old-age pension and job to one member of every family. They assured to make the state self-dependent.
Manmohan, Pitroda to guide us: Manpreet
Manpreet Singh Badal said the Punjab Congress would send the manifesto proposal to the Centre and that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and technocrat Sam Pitroda would provide guidance in drafting it.
Safai Karmachari leader slams Cong
Safai Karmachari Union leader Chandan Grewal attacked the Congress leadership, saying that if the present government was responsible for the sorry state of Dalits, Congress was “much more guilty.” “When the Congress was in power, it did nothing for us. Now you come to us for your interest. We will support Congress only if our all demands are put up in the manifesto.”