New York, NY: “Punjab is undergoing difficult times at the present, and these difficulties can only be resolved and Punjab’s progress put back on track when Congress government comes back to power,” said Captian Amarinder Singh, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President and former Chief Minister of Punjab, while addressing a rally in New York on Saturday May 7, 2016. Stating that the conditions in Punjab are very bad, Capt. Amarinder Sigh said, Sikh leaders themselves are causing harm as some of them will go to any extent for the sake of titles.
He listened to personal issues and general complaints of the nearly 2,000 people in attendance at the rally. He declared that the properties of NRI Punjabis that have been illegally occupied or confiscated will be freed and given back to the rightful owners. Once the Conmgress government is established, new rules and procedures will be put in place to resolve NRI problems. He said he was fully familiar with the problems of the NRIs and has great sympathies for them.
He warned that one has to be cautious of 3 things: White liquor, White Fly and White Topi. He was critical of both the AAP government in Delhi and the Badal government in Punjab. He lamented that Badal family had ruined Punjab with corruption. In addition, talking about Punjab, he said, inattention to agriculture, joblessness and drug addiction by youth were among the major problems which required careful and urgent social and governmental intervention. He said Punjab was in a dire need for a creative and far-sighted Government and the Congress will be able to deliver that. The backbone of Punjab, the farmer, is in dire shape as their situation is deteriorating and farmers are being forced to commit suicide in alarming numbers.
Capt. Amarinder Singh was on his last leg of his journey in the United States and was addressing a large crowd at the Hilton Hotel in Melville, New York organized under the aegis of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA headed by President Mohinder Singh Gilzian.
Hon. Sangat Singh Gilzian, MLA from Tanda who, among others, accompanied Capt. Amarinder Singh from Punjab also gave a brief narrative of the deplorable conditions in Punjab and said that Punjab now needed a great leader like Capt. Amarinder Singh to save it from drowning. Hon. Sukh Sarkaria, MLA, Hon. Kewal Dhillon, MLA and Dr. Surinder Malhotra also spoke on the occasion.
Mohinder Singh Gilzian, President of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA, thanked the audience for coming and participating in the discussions and said that this event brought historic crowd together in New York. Gurmit Singh Gill said that he would take thousands of Punjabi NRIs from USA to Punjab for the 2017 elections. Amongst those who played an active role in organizing the event and making it a grand success included Karamjit Singh Dhaliwal, President Malwa Brothers Association and Vice-President of INOC, USA, Tejinder Gill and Jasvir Singh Nawanshahr.
According to a press release issued here, George Abraham, Chairman, Mohinder Singh Gilzian, President, and Harbachan Singh, Secretary-General, together with several senior officers of INOC, USA met with Capt. Amarinder Singh before the event, where they discussed some of the important issues and strategies pertaining to the work of the INOC, USA and its resolve to assist in the furtherance of the goal of Capt. Amrinder Singh in his campaign processes. Captain Amarinder Singh expressed deep appreciation for the hard work the group was doing especially in bringing the community together and encouraged Mohinder Singh Gilzian to continue with his good work.