No alliance with Awaaz-e-Punjab, but open to merger: Congress

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A four-member committee, headed by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee vice president Laal Singh, has been set up to screen those wanting to join the party in the run-up to the election, he said.

The Punjab Congress is also set to kick off its farmer outreach campaign to reach out to every household in the state, beginning with a door-to-door drive from October 12, he said.

Unrolling the campaign strategy here, Amarinder said that in the first phase from 12 October to 25 October, party workers will engage with more than 25 lakh households.

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The party will establish direct contact with 75 lakh voters, reaching out to more than 2 crore people in this period.

Earlier, at a party meeting, Amarinder rolled out the programme blueprint and assigned targets for party workers.

On the lines of the UP Kisan Yatra, the Punjab campaign will see Congress workers in the state approaching the targeted households with a simple proforma to record the details of the household and the quantum of their outstanding debt.

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A receipt will be issued to serve as an agreement guaranteeing debt waiver for the farmers on priority basis once the Congress forms the government, he said.

Reacting to media reports that the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has filed a cancellation report in the alleged Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) land scam case in which Amarinder was one of the accused, the former Chief Minister said the development vindicates his stand that the case had no legal basis.

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He also hit out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for claiming there was an an understanding between him and the present state government in this regard.

(With inputs from PTI)

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