Amarinder elected as CLP leader in Punjab
After securing an astounding victory, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and said there was no threat from them in the recent assembly polls.
Global tenders would soon be floated to procure smartphones, as promised under the Captain Smart Connect programme launched ahead of the polls, he said in response to a question.
He underlined the importance of setting up more rehabilitation and "de-addiction" centres as well as appointment of more psychiatrists to tackle the drugs problem.
Sources in the Congress said establishing the rule of law and lifting the morale of the state police would top the new government's priority list along with curbing the drug menace, for which a task force would be set up.
On his promise of revival of industries, he said the industrial policy of the state would be liberalized to check the flight of industries and make Punjab an attractive investment destination.
On the way forward on the SYL issue, the PPCC chief stressed the need to first ascertain the quantum of water available to the state. Captain Amrinder Singh will be taking oath of office on march 16.
The newly-elected Congress legislators met here on Sunday to elect the CLP leader.
Calling for a "bigger role for regional leaders in states", Amarinder said it was vital to project a regional face who could identify with the people.
His predecessor, Parkash Singh Badal of the SAD, has left a debt of Rs 1.25 lakh crore and a severe liquidity crisis on what was one of the wealthiest states in the country.
To a question on Badal offering support to new Congress government, Verka said the party did not want Badals' support as they were already rejected by the people for their atrocities and scams. The AAP was no threat to the Congress Party.
The Congress secured 77 out of 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly polls making a strong comeback after a decade.
A year before Punjab elections, when Rahul had handed over the reigns of the state unit back to Amarinder by replacing a younger Partap Bajwa, he had passed the baton of the state's Congress Legislature Party (CLP) to a young team headed by Charanjit Singh Channi, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Navtej Cheema.