Chandigarh, Feb 2, 2017: On the last day of campaigning for the Punjab assembly elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today shared a meal of ‘dal-subzi’ with villagers and interacted with them in Sangrur district.
Dressed in blue denims, white kurta, and a half jacket, Gandhi sat on a wooden cot, flanked by the village headman and council members, and interacted with the residents of Baliyan village, 145 km from here.
He later shared a traditional meal with commoners and party leaders at the ‘Sanjha Chulha’ (common kitchen) put up by the villagers.
After having a meal and listening to the problems of villagers, then Congress VP alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was “trying to back the perpetrators of the bomb blast in Punjab”.
“There was bomb blast a couple of days back in which six people died. And Arvind Kejriwal is backing the perpetrators of the blast. He is allowing them to contest elections. This is very dangerous for Punjab. If these elements gain strength in Punjab, then it will hijack all the development issues,” said Gandhi during a public rally, on the last day of campaigning for the February 4 elections.
Two men and a child were killed in the explosion on Tuesday evening just as a rally of Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi ended at Maur Mandi town, 200 km from Chandigarh. The death toll went up later as some injured died in hospital.
Gandhi’s comments come as Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal earlier said in a statement that “the manner in which the bomb blasts were executed was a throwback to the days of terrorism”.
Badal said that the blast was a direct result of the AAP’s nexus with radical elements.
State Congress president and chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh has also accused Kejriwal of “promoting extremist forces” such as the Khalistan Commando Force.
He said that Kejriwal, who had stayed at a KCF extremist’s house in Punjab, was fanning terror forces through his actions.
“Even if the AAP is not directly involved in the explosions, it was clearly promoting the extremist ideology,” he said.
Addressing the rally, Rahul on Thursday also promised to curb the drug menace in Punjab by bringing in the new law and also vowed to give treatment to every family in the hospitals.
“If we come to power, we will give free treatment to every family in Punjab. We will also establish a state-of-art cancer hospital in Punjab, which will be well-renowned across the country,” he added.