Senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday formally took over as president of Punjab Congress with the promise to ensure fulfillment of all party promises to the people in a healthy political environment, where the party workers and foot soldiers act as the government’s ambassadors to disseminate its messages and programmes among the people.


Besides Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, several of his cabinet colleagues and senior All India Congress Committee (AICC) and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders attended the ceremony at the Punjab Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh.


AICC leaders Harish Chaudhary, Asha Kumari and Ambika Soni were joined by state ministers and party leaders Manpreet Badal, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Raja Warring, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Lal Singh, among others, to congratulate Jakhar on his new innings.


Congratulating Jakhar on the occasion, the Chief Minister said he was the best person to strengthen the party and help the government fulfill all promises to the people of Punjab. He urged party workers to pull up their sleeves for the upcoming municipal corporation elections in the state, pointing out that the civic bodies were in a mess and needed to be revived for the welfare of the people.


The Akalis had ruined Punjab, which was reeling under unprecedented debt to the tune of Rs. 2.5 lakh crores, as against Rs 1.3 lakh crore estimated earlier, said Captain Amarinder, warning that his government would deal strictly with all those responsible for bringing the state to the brink.


Describing Sunil as an honest person and speaking about his close association with the family, the Chief Minister assured the new PPCC chief of full support of the government in the implementation of all party promises. All party workers found delivering on the promises would be suitably rewarded, he added.


Accusing the Akalis of politicizing the entire administration and the police, Jakhar said, there was jungle raj under the previous regime and the Congress workers would act as watchdogs to ensure that the rule of the law prevails in the state.


The Congress workers would take the government agenda to the people and get their feedback in order to ensure smooth functioning and redressal of people grievances, he said, adding that the Captain Amarinder government stood for the people, unlike the SAD regime which worked only in the interest of the Akalis.