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'Lok Sabha by-poll results trailer of things to come for UPA'

Monday, 15 October 2012 - 10:00pm IST | Place: Patiala | Agency: PTI
While Congress candidate in Uttarakhand lost in Tehri by-poll in Uttarakhand, the party nominee in Jangipur won by a narrow margin, despite the absence of Trinamool Congress in the fray.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday claimed the result of recent Lok Sabha by-polls in Uttarakhand and Jangipur in West Bengal was a "trailer" of things waiting for UPA in next parliamentary elections.

While Congress candidate in Uttarakhand Saket Bahuguna, son of Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, lost in Tehri by-poll in Uttarakhand, the party nominee in Jangipur Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee, won by a narrow margin, despite the absence of Trinamool Congress in the fray.

Speaking to media persons after inducting Ajay Thapar, a confidant of Union Minister of State for External Affairs Parneet Kaur in the fold of Shiromani Akali Dal, he said the people of the country were "fed up" of price rise, "scam every second day" and "arrogance" and "insensitivity" of Congress leadership to hardships of common man.

Predicting mid-term Lok Sabha polls, Badal said UPA-II would not survive beyond the winter session of Parliament and its allies, including NCP, have already started short listing the candidates for next Lok Sabha polls.

He said SAD was fully prepared for Lok Sabha elections and was readying to inflict "inning defeat" on Congress in Punjab.

He alleged Congress cadre was totally "demotivated and demoralised" and claimed SAD was flooded with the requests from Congress leaders making beeline to SAD.

Lashing out at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for "deliberately denigrating" the youth of Punjab in the context of drug use, Badal said the Congress General Secretary should have gone through the reports as it pertained to the study of a sample of 600 addicts of Amritsar district out of which 73% were in the age group of 16 to 35.

Rebutting Congress Leader of the House in Punjab Sunil Jakhar, Badal quipped "the study (on drug use by youth) he was quoting must have been conducted on Youth Congress cadre".

Asked about the steps taken by Punjab government to curb the menace of drugs, Badal charged BSF under Union Home Ministry has "totally failed" to check the inflow of narcotics from Pakistan and Punjab Police have redoubled its efforts by intensifying its war against drug lords.

"More than 50% of national recovery was made by Punjab police and that shows the commitment and efforts made by them," he added.

Badal said he has ordered forfeiture and auction of properties of drug lords and more than 700 bad elements have already been arrested by Punjab police.




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