Chandigarh: Even as a cornered Arvind Kejriwal continued to maintain an ambiguous silence on the SYL issue, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday escalated the pressure on him to make his stand clear.
Rejecting as nonsensical the claim of Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that he need not speak on the SYL issue since the party’s stand on the matter was clear, Captain Amarinder asked the AAP leaders to explain why, in that case, was he making statements every day on the demonetisation issue. “Is the AAP stand on demonetisation not clear yet? Is that why it has become necessary for Kejriwal to make a statement on the subject virtually every day,” Captain Amarinder asked, taking a dig at the party’s desperate attempt to justify their leader’s silence on SYL.
Kejriwal has, in fact, left his own party people in the lurch by choosing to maintain a persistent silence on SYL, said Captain Amarinder, adding that, with no explanation to give to the people of the state, the AAP in Punjab was now fumbling for excuses to validate their national convenor’s adamant refusal to come out with a categorical statement on the issue.
Not only was Kejriwal refusing to react to the Supreme Court verdict on SYL, he had even put off the launch of the party’s Dalit manifesto, as he had no face left to come to Punjab, Captain Amarinder said, adding that it was clear that the AAP leader has decided to run away from the Punjab electoral battle without a fight.
Nothing can justify Kejriwal’s ominous 96-hour silence on a subject that had plunged the entire state into turmoil, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief said in a statement. Once again, Kejriwal has proven his instinctive escapist tendency, which prevents him from taking a stand on tough issues, especially when confronted with a conflict of his personal interest, said Captain Amarinder.
As far as SYL is concerned, Kejriwal has repeated exposed his double standards in the matter and made it amply clear that he has no interest in safeguarding Punjab’s water. His only interest lies in furthering his personal agenda, said Captain Amarinder, adding that by choosing to remain quiet on such a critical issue at an important moment in Punjab’s history, Kejriwal seems to have given up the state’s electoral battle without even starting the fight.
For the fourth time in as many days, Captain Amarinder demanded from Kejriwal a clear and categorical statement on his stand on the SYL issue, saying the people of the state want to know from you “whether or not you are with Punjab on this matter or are your loyalties with the people of Delhi and Haryana?”
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