In 3 days, congressional insiders angered that the party has yet to release a polling manifesto
Although there are barely three days left in Punjab to go to the polls, the ruling Congress party has yet to release its manifesto. As senior party leaders worry about the delay, manifesto officials said it could be released online on Thursday. With the state vote on Feb. 20, the campaign trail will wrap up on Friday.
A senior congressional official on condition of anonymity said, “What are they waiting for? Why was the Committee for the Election Manifesto even formed?
Another leader said: ‘It seems they don’t have a clear vision and only announcements are being made. They only focus on their internal battles.
The leader added, “Sidhu distributes his own designs, Channi (Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi) advertises his own giveaways, but all of this has to be included in an official document called the manifesto.
With the election approaching, with Congress facing both opposition to power and fierce competition from rivals, all senior party leaders are busy campaigning in their respective constituencies and to announce popular programs.
The head of the Congress party’s manifesto committee, MP Partap Singh Bajwa, speaking to the Indian Express on Thursday, said: ‘Yes, the party has yet to release the manifesto and they may do so online. first today (Thursday), then later today, a printed copy is likely to be released by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi.
Bajwa added: “They asked me to come to Chandigarh for its official release today (Thursday) but with the campaign period ending tomorrow (Friday) I am very busy in my own constituency and cannot Don’t afford to waste time getting to Chandigarh on a cigarette.
Last month, Bajwa and Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu held a meeting in Jalandhar to discuss the manifesto, but in the press conference after the meeting, they only discussed the “model of the Sidhu’s most advocated Punjab’, which they believe will change the whole thing. scenario in the state.
Bajwa had also supported Sidhu’s 13-point charter and said these points would be part of the party’s election manifesto along with others.
Sidhu had also fought for the formation of the Jitega Punjab Commission. This commission, he said, would be the mind of the government and would function as the “chief policy adviser” and “think tank” that would advise each government department and MPs. Sidhu also pledged to lead the Punjab Assembly for at least 100 days based on the “Punjab model”.
Sidhu had unveiled several points of the ‘Punjab model’ in a joint press conference accompanied by Bajwa, including decentralization of power, power to panchayats, municipal committees, empowerment of women, MSP on legumes, oils, legumes, etc. to farmers. Rights to the working class, the development of industries, two-wheelers for girls admitted to university and a vision for the NRIs, among others, were also part of the charter.
Sidhu had also unveiled his vision to improve Punjab’s income diversity by developing policies in the liquor, sand, cable and transport sectors.
Meanwhile, a senior party official said Channi had announced several giveaways that were to be part of the manifesto but have yet to be made into an official document.
Channi’s gifts included 1,100 rupees per month for women, reduction of electricity prices to 3 rupees per unit, sand prices to 4 rupees per cubic foot, capping of cable charges at 100 rupees per month , one lakh jobs for young people within a year, free mobile data for students, eight free LPG gas cylinders per year, among others.