CHANDIGARH: AICC general secretary and in-charge of Punjab affairs, Shakeel Ahmed on Tuesday ruled out changes in the state party or the Legislature Party leadership.
Talking to reporters after addressing the first meeting of the PPCC at the Congress Bhawan here after the Lok Sabha elections, he made it clear that the performance of the party in this state during the elections was one of the best in the country. He expressed the confidence that the Congress would return to power in Punjab in the 2017 Assembly elections. Ahmed slammed the BJP Government at the Centre saying it had been formed with just 31 per cent of the votes in its kitty, while 69 per cent of the people had rejected the party.
He announced that the Punjab Congress would stage massive protest dharnas at all the district headquarters on July 23 against the utter failure of the state government on the electricity front as contrary to the tall claims of making Punjab a state with surplus power, all sections, including industry, agriculture and consumers were suffering from long power cuts.
He said this would be the first step to gear up the party and mobilise the people who have become victims of the Badal Government. AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary said Punjab had turned into drug haven and campaign launched against the druggists by the police was a sham.