the Punjab Congress would contest the forthcoming local bodies elections on the party symbol. The announcement to this effect was made by the state party chief Mr Partap Singh Bajwa while addressing a meeting of the PPCC which had been summoned to chalk out strategy for these elections. The local leaders would have the option to have alliance with non-Akali and non-BJP parties. Addressing the meeting, Mr Bajwa said the tsunami of anger was sweeping the length and breadth of the state and the people who were fed up with the present administration wanted change. The Congress would have to unitedly approach them to initiate the process of change beginning with the local bodies elections. He said such was the situation that the Bharatiya Janata Party was trying for some escape route so that only the Akalis faced the brunt of anti-incumbency. The Congress would make the people aware about this hidden design of the BJP in the state which might try to befool them by breaking the alliance. However, the two parties might join hands after the Assembly elections in case such a situation arose, he added. He asserted that the state had been the most peaceful under the Congress rule and always on a higher tangent of growth. He debunked the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who had been defending the alliance as the best guarantor of communal harmony. The AICC Secretary Mr Harish Chaudhary called upon the party leaders to strengthen the party at the grassroots and prepare for the elections by setting up 11-member booth level committees. He did not rule out early Assembly elections in Punjab.
The meeting also reviewed the progress of the membership drive and the assembly level workers meetings to be addressed by the state party chief in the coming months