Moga: On the penultimate day of campaigning for the February 23 Moga by-poll, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday claimed that imminent defeat stares the opposition Congress in the face.

He also claimed that "a defeat weary" Congress party was in a state of "paralysis of will and energy, unable even to keep its flock intact till the day of the polling." "Even key members of the Congress campaign team have fled Moga, leaving only (state party chief) Amarinder Singh and a few others to put up a brave face. The Congress is finding it hard even to keep its campaign managers in the constituency to put up a semblance of a fight.

"They know that they are fighting here only to stop a new record being created for the margin of the defeat. Their focus is not only victory but on the margin of defeat," Badal said addressing poll rallies in Moga on Wednesday evening.

Badal alleged that the Congress party was falling apart and many of their known faces were keen to leave that party to save their political future. "This is the worst period in the history of the Congress and they have their policies and their leadership to blame for this plight," he claimed.

Congress MLA from Moga, Joginderpal Jain had recently resigned from his seat to join the ruling SAD. Badal also claimed that the SAD-BJP wave sweeping the constituency "has now turned into a virtual storm over the last few days, throwing the Congress campaign completely out of gear."


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