Disclosing that the state Congress has already launched the Captain for 2022 mission, Jakhar said the next assembly elections in the state will be fought under his leadership.
Jakhar was speaking here at an event held virtually for the launch of development projects worth Rs 1,087 crore by the chief minister under the Smart City and AMRUT schemes.
Lauding the CM, Jakhar said he has led the state in very difficult times and people are well aware of his contribution.
"Punjab is perhaps facing its worst ever crisis-COVID-19, farmers' unrest due to the black farm laws, coupled with an unfriendly Union governmentand Amarinder Singh had the vision and leadership qualities to the steer the state out of it," he said.
Lambasting the Centre for its "step motherly treatment" to Punjab, Jakhar said they resorted to all kind of measures, including an "economic blockade" to "punish" the state for supporting the farmers' agitation.
He said the federal structure of the country is under "extreme threat" under the BJP-led Union government.
The former Gurdaspur MP also questioned the refusal of permission to a 'jatha' (group) to go to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and accused the Centre of being biased against the state.
Jakhar said there has been a growing though incorrect perception that the state government is only working for the rural areas.
Though Punjab is an agrarian economy, massive development works have been started in the urban areas that will dispel this perception, Jakhar said.
Jakhar also urged the CM to ensure that the Congress manifesto for 2022 should promises making Amritsar an iconic city.
"Amritsar should be made as one of the best cities in the world on the lines of the Vatican," he said.
Punjab Youth Congress chief Barinder Singh Dhillon termed the inauguration of these projects as a grand start after the victory in the municipal elections, as per a statement.
He said the landslide victory of the party reflects the enormous faith people have in the leadership of the chief minister.
"You will have to contest the 2022 Vidhan Sabha elections as Punjab needs your stewardship," Dhillon told the CM.
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