The Congress is all set to hit top gear in poll-bound Punjab as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will release the party's election manifesto for the state in New Delhi today, coupled with parallel releases in Chandigarh and at district levels.
Amarinder Singh''s leadership is badly needed as his work is unrivalled in agriculture, manufacture and to improve the fiscal situation, he said.
"Akali government in Punjab has stalled the development of state and people need a better tomorrow," Singh said.
In a bid to woo retired soldiers, the party has already promised to set up an ex-servicemen cell in the chief minister’s office and a separate department, Guardians of Democracy, from panchayat to village and state levels to monitor the distribution of funds and implementation of various schemes for former military personnel.
In a major boost to the party ahead of the polls, the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), an organisation of retired military personnel agitating over the implementation of one rank-one pension (OROP), last week pledged its support to the Congress in Punjab and other poll-bound states.
State unit vice president Manpreet Badal, who was chairman of the manifesto drafting committee, will do a simultaneous release of the document in Chandigarh with senior Punjab leaders such as ex CLP leader Sunil Jakhar, former minister Preneet Kaur and Lok Sabha MP Santokh Choudhry doing district level releases at Patiala, Bathinda and Jalandhar respectively.
Various measures for the welfare of farmers, dalits and other sections of society are likely to be promised in the manifesto which the party has been working on for many months now.
Amarinder Singh had earlier met former prime minister Manmohan Singh to seek time for the document release.