Congress not for alliance with AAP, JJP in Haryana and Punjab

It is only a “wishful thinking of a few journalists,” says Congress’s communications chief Randeep Singh Surjewala

Congress’s communications chief Randeep Singh Surjewala on Thursday ruled out alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in Haryana and Punjab, saying it was only a “wishful thinking of a few journalists”.

Mr. Surjewala was interacting with journalists at a mini-secretariat in Gurugram after the filing of the nomination papers by the party’s Gurugram Lok Sabha candidate, Capt. (retd.) Ajay Yadav.

He expressed the confidence that Capt. Yadav and the rest of the Congress candidates in Haryana will win. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again wanted to cheat people in the name of pseudo-nationalism but he would not succeed in his designs this time.

Mr. Surjewala, MLA from Kaithal, said Mr. Modi had promised to bring back black money from abroad, provide two crore jobs to youths and 50 % profit to farmers over and above the input costs, but miserably failed to deliver on them. “The people want to know why Modi does not talk about these issues any more. Where are the ‘acche din’ [good times] that he promised?,” he asked.

He said the credit for making Gurugram the “Millennium City” went to the Congress. It had brought IT units and set up industrial belts in the district. Seeking to know the contribution of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and local MP Rao Inderjit Singh to the development of the city, he said Gurugram had now earned the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world under the BJP rule. Despite the people of Gurugram contributing the maximum to the State exchequer, the city lacked the basic facilities such as roads and uninterrupted power supply, he alleged.

Capt. Yadav claimed that he had the support of all the local Congress leaders and would emerge victorious in the election.

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