New Delhi, January 9: As Election Commission announced the assembly poll dates for five states recently, the ECI chief Nasim Zaidi mentioned that elections in Punjab will be held in a single phase on February 4.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party on Monday released their manifesto in Delhi. It mainly focusses on the agriculture sector, improving infrastructure and curbing corruption in the state.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released the manifesto in presence of party's national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh. Accusing the Akali Dal-BJP government of "unprecedented mismanagement" of Punjab, Manmohan Singh urged the voters to return Congress to power in the state.
"Punjab has tremendous all-round potential but it has not been exploited because of mismanagement by the government in the last 10 years. The fiscal situation has been mismanaged in a manner which is unprecedented," Manmohan Singh said at the party headquarters.
The Rajya Sabha MP from Assam said that Narendra Modi government's decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 has significantly reversed the GDP of the country. He mentioned that notes ban will be an important issue not only in Punjab but also the remaining four poll-bound states.
Further talking about the manifesto, he said, "This manifesto is a visionary document which promises to the people of Punjab that we will undo the damage done by the government in the last 10 years. It points to the tremendous potential of Punjab in agriculture, manufacturing, services, infrastructure."
"I have said in Parliament about demonetisation having its effect on GDP and it has already been established. According to Central Statistics Office estimates (for 2016-17), the GDP growth will be 7.1 percent as against the targeted 7.6 per cent," he added.
"But this estimate doesn't take into account the effect of demonetisation on the system. If (that is done), you will see a very significant reverse effect on GDP," the former PM said.
Dr Singh went on to praise for Captain Amarinder Singh and mentioned that his commitment to the cause of development of Punjab is unrivalled. “I believe that Punjab is in for better times under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh," he added.