Punjab Cong woos voters with cancer hospitals

Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the Congress will set up three cancer hospitals, six medical colleges and six drug de-addiction centres in the Malwa region once it comes to power after elections.

Punjab has a very high incident rate of cancer in the Malwa belt. Rubbishing propaganda by the ruling alliance on Congress’ intentions to do away with the ongoing atta-daal scheme, Singh said his party will provide highly subsidised aata-daal to the poor and continue with free power to the agriculture sector. He said the Congress manifesto has a huge thrust on state-of-the-art health care facilities to be set up in the state.

Lashing out at the Akali-BJP government for its total “failure”, he asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and son, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to spell out development that took place in the last five years of their regime. He said, “Bullet trains shown in newspaper advertisements were those from Japan and the skyscrapers were from Manhattan in the United States”.

He accused the deputy chief minister of being untrue to the people of Punjab, especially in the case of propaganda on the food subsidy scheme.

“The scheme will be improved and further subsidy provided to the poor. The Congress was the one to introduce free power to farmers and there was no question of it being withdrawn,” he said.

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