Cong, PPP focus on law and order, SAD banks on development

With just over a month to go for the bypoll to the Moga Assembly seat, the three main parties have set their agenda for the campaign as they vie to wrest the seat vacated after the sitting Congress MLA resigned from the House to join the ruling Akali Dal.

While the Opposition parties - Congress and the People's Party of Punjab - are making the the "grave law and order situation in Punjab" under the SAD-BJP rule as the main poll plank, the Akali Dal is once again betting on development - the agenda, which helped them rewrite the revolving door history of politics in the state by gaining them a second consecutive term.

Also, stung by the Joginderpal Jain's desertion - Jain quit Congress to join the SAD and is now the party's official candidate for the seat- Congress is aiming to "teach a lesson to the defectors and prove that people of Moga will never vote for traitors."

Arvind Khanna, general secretary, Punjab Congress, said that his party will highlight the defection engineered by the Akalis who lured an MLA to join them after offering him baits like party nomination and lucrative posting. "People of Moga will never vote for traitors who leave party for personal interests," he said, adding that Deteriorating law and order situation, shattered economy and solving local problems is our main agenda for the bypoll.

"People's expectations have been belied. The Akalis have proved that they are high on promises and low on delivery. Let this government show a single promise it has fulfilled in the last one year of being in power," he said.

Party resident for the district unit, Jagdarshan Kaur, added that safety of women and bringing back the NRI investment to Moga are other agendas.

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