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BJP has forgotten Vinod Khanna, says Jakhar on former Gurdaspur MP’s birth anniversary

Gurdaspur, Oct 6 (UNI) Accusing the BJP of forgetting Vinod Khanna on his birth anniversary, Punjab Congress president and party nominee for the Gurdaspur bypoll, Sunil Jakhar, on Friday exhorted people to elect an honest person as a tribute to the former MP and ensure that people like Swaran Salaria are exposed.

Rejecting allegations of politicising the issue of rape case against Salaria, Jakhar said he respected Late Vinod Khanna and was saddened to see how the BJP had completely forgotten an honest and committed leader like him. It was time to expose such elements and clean the rot setting in the political system, Mr Jakhar stressed.

Mr Jakhar recalled Sukhbir Badal’s statement that Salaria was not a BJP but a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate, and said it explained the Akali leader’s studied silence on the charges of rape against his rival nominee, and also former minister Sucha Singh Langah.
Talking to mediapersons between campaign rallies and meetings,Mr Jakhar earlier said Salaria should have come clean on the rape case against him at the time of filing his nomination papers.
He called upon the people to take a judicious decision on their right to vote after taking into consideration all such things, which were ripping apart the cultural fabric of Punjab.

Those involved in such crimes would have to answer the people of Punjab, whose cultural ethos was being endangered by these kind of political leaders, he said at a meeting, exhorting people not to elect such immoral people to any institution. Jakhar lamented that as a result of the shameful videos that had gone viral in the past few days, people had started looking at all politicians with disdain.
Once again challenging Salaria for a debate, he told a meeting of Bar Association that the BJP nominee was running away as he had no plans for the development of Gurdaspur, nor was he aware of the issues concerning the constituency. Let him come forward for a debate so that they (people) could judge for themselves who was most suited to represent them in Parliament.
Mr Jakhar, who was accompanied by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Technical Education & Industrial Training Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party MLAs, said unemployment was today the biggest issue facing Punjab, and in fact the whole of the country. Instead of providing the promised jobs to youth, the Modi government was also busy filling the pockets of big industrialists while the country’s economy was being ruined, said Mr Jakhar, citing reports that there had been a 26% increase in the income of the top industrialists of India.
On the other hand, small businessmen and traders were extremely angry with the prime minister for hitting them with the GST missile, he added.
Expressing concern over Punjab’s industrial situation, he stressed the need to revive old industries besides setting up new ones in order to revive the economy and generate employment. Sukhbir Badal used to hold an NRI summit every year, ostensibly to woo investment, but far from getting investment, he would just end up spending money on the summit, the PPCC chief pointed out.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had already announced several measures for industrial revival in the state, said the Congress candidate. Besides Rs 1500 crore budget allocation, the Chief Minister had initiated steps for the elimination of transport mafia and frozen the power tariff, Mr Jakhar said, adding that the new industrial policy would further pave the way for the revival of industry in the state.
Contrasting the SAD-BJP style of functioning with that of the Congress, he said when he accompanied former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to meet then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the latter took no time to release compensation for crop destroyed in the state. The UPA government, led by Dr Manmohan Singh, never treated Punjab in a step-motherly fashion, as was being done by the NDA, he added.
Mr Jakhar ridiculed Modi for all-round failure, saying the prime minister’s anti-poor and communal policies were destroying the social fabric of the nation, and would push back investment and growth even further.
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