Ashwani Kumar Resigns From Congress; Rahul Gandhi Promises ‘Peace’ In Punjab

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Just days before Punjab goes to polls, senior Congress leader from the state and former Union cabinet minister Ashwani Kumar Tuesday resigned from the party.

The way Captain Amarinder Singh was humiliated into resignation was painful and has had a very negative effect on the people of Punjab.

It appears to me that unless we have all got it wrong, this is a wave election in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party.

I don’t see a hung Assembly. Punjab is at the cusp of a transformative change and the election results in the state will have a major bearing on the direction of national politics.”

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi addressing a physical rally in Punjab’s Rajpura Tuesday said, “A lot of people will give you false promises — Modi ji, Badal ji and Kejriwal ji.

” Reiterating his appeal to voters from Monday’s rally, Gandhi said, “This is not a chemistry lab…where you can do experiments. It’s a border state, a sensitive state.

Congress understands Punjab and can maintain peace here.

All these parties making false promises, saying give us one chance, will ruin Punjab.” “Hum mar jayenge magar Punjab se shaanti khatam nahi hone denge.

(We can give our lives to ensure peace remains in Punjab),” the Congress leader asserted.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused both the Congress and BJP of getting into “dirty politics” over the Prime Minister’s security.

Addressing a press conference in Ludhiana, he said that if AAP is voted to power, “we’ll not indulge in any kind of politics on national or internal security.”

Further, responding to allegations by Balbir Rajewal, Sanyukt Samaj Morcha party’s chief ministerial candidate, Kejriwal said that he is “most welcome” to present proof of AAP selling tickets.

The party will “vacate the seat immediately” the allegations are proven.

On Monday, Rajewal had told The Indian Express that they will make the evidence public four days ahead of polls.

Punjab: Do not experiment, Rahul cautions voters

Urging people not to do any “experiment” in the Punjab Assembly polls, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Monday said that maintaining peace.

And brotherhood was most important for the state and only his party was capable of doing that.

“Punjab’s peace is the most important thing. Remember, this is not a laboratory…not a chemistry lab to carry out an experiment.

Peace goes and if hatred starts to spread here, it will not only be Punjab’s, but nation’s loss.

You understand the Congress party. It can take everyone along and maintain peace. We have experience in doing so.

This is not the time to experiment,” said Gandhi, who addressed poll rallies in Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur.

Wanted to pray at Jalandhar temple, local admn said can’t make arrangements: PM

A month after a security breach forced him to return from Punjab without addressing a scheduled rally,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was unable to pay a visit to Jalandhar’s revered Devi Talab Mandir during his Monday visit as the local administration expressed its inability to make necessary arrangements.

Modi addressed a physical poll rally in Jalandhar, his first in Punjab since January 5 when a road blockade by protesters had forced him to cut short his visit to the state.

The PM said it was his desire to pay obeisance at Devi Talab Mandir.

The police and the administration here said “they will not be able to make arrangements”.


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