Saturday, March 10, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalits, atta-dal scheme doomed Cong chances

Dalits, atta-dal scheme doomed Cong chances
Ramaninder K Bhatia, TNN | Mar 10, 2012, 06.36AM IST

CHANDIGARH: The shift in dalit vote and the atta-dal scheme did the
Congress in during the Punjab assembly elections. This is the analysis
of the recent poll debacle done by the party, which will be submitted
to AICC president Sonia Gandhi by Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder
Singh on Saturday.

"Our initial assessment that Manpreet Badal's People's Party of Punjab
had done most of the damage, is not the only reason. We have analyzed
the results in details now. The shift in BSP vote, particularly in
Doaba, and popularity of the atta-dal scheme, are the main reasons for
SAD-BJP win. Ironically, the atta-dal scheme is being run mainly with
Centre's help, but they (SAD) appropriated the credit," Amarinder told

"For the last one month, I had been having sleepless nights, thinking
about the financial mess that they have landed Punjab into. The Rs
8,000 crore that TOI mentioned in its report on Thursday (the
estimated cost of meeting some manifesto promises made by SAD) is just
the tip of an iceberg. The Rs 1,000 allowance for unemployed graduates
would not have to be given only to the 4.3 lakh registered with
employment exchanges; there are 47 lakh unemployed in the state. They
will all have to be included in this scheme."

SAD, he said, made the promises safe in the belief that they were not
coming back, "but now, the first thing required of them would be to
clear the Rs 2000 crore worth of treasury bills," he said.

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