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Cong readying for poll battle: Rawat

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12

With reports of the BJP setting its eyes on Punjab after the Bihar Assembly elections, the state Congress is readying itself for a poll battle, keeping in mind the saffron party's strategy to "divide the vote bank" of its opponents.

AICC general secretary and Punjab affairs in charge Harish Rawat, who ended his three-day tour of Punjab on Thursday, said the Congress leadership in the state was well aware of the parties that could eat into its vote share among Dalits and urban Hindus.

Accusing Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM of denting the vote bank of the RJD-Congress alliance in the Bihar elections, Rawat said the BJP could use similar tactics in the next Punjab Assembly elections.

Denying that the Congress was in favour of midterm polls in Punjab, he said the Congress government would complete its term and was in the process of implementing many important decisions.

The state-funded SC Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme and more focus on development work in urban areas are the part of the party's move to address the aspirations of its voters. "But if the BJP forces midterm poll on us, Capt Amarinder Singh-led government is ready to face it," said Rawat.

In reply to a charge that the Congress by supporting farmers agitation was addressing Jat voters, Rawat said the new farm laws affected the entire state and country, not just one community. "To ensure that the urban voters do not feel neglected amid the farmers' stir, more funds are being made available for urban development," he said.



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