Moga: Ahead of Moga by-poll, Punjab Congress on Thursday launched a scathing attack on SAD, claiming the ruling party has fielded a person whom it had earlier described as an "international smuggler".
    
"Till the recent past, before Joginderpal Jain joined the Akali Dal, they had been describing him (Jain) as an alleged international smuggler," Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh said.
    
The state party chief alleged that both Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Jain were "opportunists".
    
The former Punjab CM on Thursday addressed a series of public meetings in support of the party candidate Vijay Sathi.
    
He said that during the campaigning for 2012 Assembly elections when Jain was a Congress candidate, Sukhbir had frequently said in his speeches that "Jain was an
international smuggler" whom he was going to put in Faridkot jail.
    
"And now, Sukhbir is himself campaigning for the same international smuggler and trying to send him to Assembly and not in Faridkot jail," Singh said.
    
"No matter how hard you try, Jain will never again see the gates of the Punjab assembly," he claimed.
    
Amarinder claimed that the Moga byelection will set an example against political opportunism and betrayal.
    
He said, "Not only the Congress workers, even the Akalis were not happy over Jain joining the party as they are finding it difficult to defend and support the same person they had opposed only a year ago."
    
In December last, the two-time Congress MLA from Moga, Jain, had returned to Shiromani Akali Dal after spending about seven years in the Congress. He was elected twice on the Congress ticket.

(Agencies)

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