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Although the complete list of the candidates is yet to be released, Mr. Mohinder Singh Gilzian, President of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA is already on the ground in Punjab and campaigning for Congress candidates. ‘We are committed to supporting Captain Amarinder Singh and the Congress party to return to power in the state where corruption and mismanagement under Akali rule have become the order of the day and negatively impacting the lives of the ordinary citizens’ said Mr. Gilzian. We want to see Punjab return to its glory days as a model state where we have achieved greater development in the social and economic realm’ he added.

It is expected that elections in Punjab will be held towards the end of January or early February. The political parties are already busy at creating alliances and selecting candidates who might give them an edge. The Akali government was derelict in not attending or inadequately attending to the host of issues people are concerned about.  Corruption, drugs, and unemployment were listed high on the list of grave concerns and fear of hooliganism was affecting the security level of the people.  In the villages, the number of suicides was increasing and Punjab being a border state with Pakistan was made to bear colossal damages and sufferings, as well as the residents, were being uprooted and displaced from their homes for indefinite periods.

A worrisome fact was that Punjab was slowly buried under huge state debt. Lethargic government bureaucracy was using antiquated laws and procedures so much so that many Nonresident Indians were not willing to invest in Punjab and that some foreign companies were also closing down and moving out causing unemployment problems.  The YSL river water issue was also not solved properly.

INOC, USA strongly believes that only the Congress Party under Capt. Amarinder Singh can solve such problems well and that the Captain has a track record to prove it.  His new Congress Manifesto is full of descriptions of programs to successfully deal with each such problem.

INOC, USA promises to do all it can that include sending additional volunteers to Punjab to help the party win back the state for the sake of its citizens and the Congress party.