Samrala: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Satruday hit out at Arvind Kejriwal saying anyone aspiring to be Chief Minister of Punjab should have his roots in the state’s culture and ethos as Punjabi pride and self-respect will not allow the rule by an “outsider”.
“It is the question of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat which only a Punjabi can feel and understand,” he said.
Referring to Kejriwal’s announcement that Anandpur Sahib would be made a holy city if AAP is voted to power in the state, Amarinder said Kejriwal did not even have the “basic knowledge” that Amritsar and Anandpur Sahab were already officially declared holy cities.
“This is encyclopedic ignorance that is natural for someone who is alien to the history and culture of the place.
At least you won’t expect such stupid and silly mistakes from a native Punjabi,” he said on the sidelines of the ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme.
On Independent MLA brothers Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, who are part of Awaaz-e-Punjab front of Navjot Singh Sidhu, being “physically moved out” of the Assembly for disrupting proceedings, Amarinder said it should have been avoided.
Although the Speaker was within his right to order such action, he should have avoided it and the legislators should have been allowed to put forth their point of view since they are democratically elected representatives of the people, the Congress leader said.
To a question on party MP Shamsher Singh Dullo not being invited to party functions, Amarinder claimed invitations are extended to all leaders irrespective of their seniority.
“Moreover Dullo is our Rajya Sabha member and it is out of question that he may not have been invited,” he said, adding however no invitations are extended to anyone for the ‘Halke vich Captain’ programme.
Earlier, interacting with people, Amarinder claimed, Akalis have lost all moral authority to “wail and whine” over discrimination with Punjab.
“It is Akalis, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in particular, who have repeatedly betrayed Punjab and compromised with its interests by successive betrayals,” he alleged.
Amarinder promised that all the party workers who were victimised and discriminated against by the Akalis will get preferential treatment if his party comes to power.
Chandigarh: Capt Amarinder Singh on Satruday ruled out the possibility of an alliance with any political party or group in the upcoming state assembly polls and claimed that the party was firmly placed for a “landslide victory” in the elections.
Singh said that he had suggested a broad based alliance of secular forces earlier, but the situation and circumstances have now changed and the party was way ahead of others.
He said while the People’s Party of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal-Longowal had already merged into the Congress, the BSP has decided to contest of it alone.
“The massive response the party is getting during its programmes is indicative of the times to come. You will be having a Congress government with landslide victory”, he claimed while speaking on the sidelines of his ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme held in Ropar.
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