Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar on Monday said that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh would lead the party in 2022 Assembly polls, as the people of the State had reposed their faith in his leadership with their landslide verdict in Congress’ favour in the recent civic polls.
Jakhar, participating in the event for the launch of various developmental projects worth Rs 1087 crores by the Chief Minister, said: “Congress party’s sweeping victory in the civic polls has not only revalidated Capt Amarinder’s leadership in the State but is an endorsement of the faith of Punjabis in his future leadership also.”
The state Congress had already launched mission “#Captainfor2022”, and the next elections would be fought under his leadership, he declared.
Lauding the Chief Minister, Jakhar said that Capt Amarinder had led the State in very difficult times and the people were well aware of his massive contribution.
“Punjab is perhaps facing its worst ever crisis – COVID-19, farmers’ unrest due to the black farm laws, coupled with an unfriendly Union Government – and only Capt Amarinder Singh had the vision and leadership qualities to the steer the state out of it,” he said.
Lambasting the Union Government for its step-motherly treatment to Punjab, Jakhar said that the Centre had resorted to all kinds of measures, including economic blockade, to punish the State for supporting the farmers’ agitation. “The country’s federal structure is under extreme threat under the BJP-led national government,” he said while questioning the Centre’s recent decision to refuse permission to a jatha to go to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.
Jakhar also urged the Chief Minister to ensure that the Congress manifesto for 2022 should promise making Amritsar – the ‘Guru ki Nagri’ – an iconic city. “Amritsar should be made as one of the best cities in the world on the lines of the Vatican,” he said.