He rose from ranks participating in RSS ‘Shakhas’ and today is considered as the most powerful politician of the BJP in Punjab. Meet Madan Mohan Mittal, Cabinet Minister for Industries in the Badal government. An Advocate by profession and politician by choice, he hails from Ropar. Husky voice, short stature, fluent in English, Madan Mohan Mittal stands out as a successful politician and advocate,always on the move. He spoke to Rajinder S Taggar, Deputy Editor, DailyPost on Wednesday.
What are the chances of SAD-BJP alliance in the forthcoming Assembly elections?
Alliance will be in power for the third consecutive term. There is none to contest with us. Congress and AAP will be contesting for the second position.
What about anti-incumbency factor?
This election will be different from all the previous elections. This time we are going to the people on development agenda. Enormous development has taken place. Punjab is now electricity surplus state. Days of long power cuts are over. Farmers are getting complete 8-hour supply for tube wells.
How do you see the emergence of AAP on the political scene?
Initially, we did feel that the contest will be with AAP. But they have lost ground following involvement of their MLA Naresh Yadav in Malerkotla Quran desecration case. Their four MP’s in Punjab have split into three different parties. In Delhi over one dozen AAP MLAs have been arrested on various charges.
You mean AAP is nowhere on the scenario?
Yes. AAP will be fighting with the Congress for second place. The party may not even get 5 seats.
This is a very harsh verdict. See in the villages the youth is supporting AAP.
That is your miscalculation. AAP has no ideology except to level false and frivolous allegations. See, how Arvind Kejriwal changed his colours on the SYL issue. In Punjab he supported the state, but in Delhi he supported Haryana. Delhi government has given an affidavit in favour of construction of SYL.
Kejriwal has given account numbers of Swiss banks belonging to Captain Amarinder.
From where did he get these account numbers? What is the authenticity of allegations? I don’t hold power of attorney for Captain Amarinder Singh. Let the law take its own course.
You have lost Satluj-Yamuna -Link Canal battle as Supreme Court has advised President of India in favour of Haryana.
No, no, we have not lost. Now the ball is in the court of the President of India, Parnab Mukherjee who is a Congress man. He may or may not accept the advice of apex court.
But the President is legally bound to take the advice of Union Cabinet; he can’t act of his own.
He will be writing something or not?
But his writing is immaterial. He will be just required to refer the matter to the Union Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi and go by its advice.
Again you do not understand the issue. The President will be required to mention something or the other on the file. Let’s wait and see.
There are a number of allegations against your alliance govt. What is your take on that?
It is a season of allegations as elections are approaching. You can compare it with the raining season when frogs start croaking before the downpour.
Navjot Sidhu says that BJP humiliated him. And his wife says that funds meant for her constituency were diverted elsewhere.
Navjot Sidhu was given full respect. It was with his consent that Arun Jaitely was allotted Amritsar, Lok Sabha seat. At that time he supported Jaitley’s candidature but backed out later. He was nominated by the BJP to the Rajya Sabha. His wife was made Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) in the Badal government.
BJP is under attack by radicals. Gagneja was killed, RSS Shakhas were attacked.
In all these incidents, cases have been registered and investigation is underway.
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