Dismissing any threat from either the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in these assembly polls, Punjab Congress President and Chief Ministerial nominee Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said it was a fight between the Congress on the one hand and the most corrupt politician in India, Sukhbir Badal, and the biggest of all liars Arvind Kejriwal, on the other.
Exuding confidence of a Congress sweep in the assembly polls, Captain Amarinder negated any threat from either the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), saying he did not see them securing more than 25 and 12 seats respectively in these assembly polls.
The Congress would win hands down in the remaining, he said, adding that the party would be victorious in all the four Moga seats, while the SAD would trail heavily even in their strongholds of Lambi and Jalalabad – the seats of the Badal father-son duo. Sukhbir’s own constituency of Jalalabad is in a big mess, with no development since he himself had been busy all these years looting the state, said Amarinder.
He came down heavily on Parkash Singh Badal for the growing religious intolerance and incidents of sacrilege in the state, promising to put him behind bars after getting all cases of desecration reinvestigated. Referring to the CIA report linking Badal with Sikh extremists, Captain said the Akali elder was in the habit of exploiting people as well as religion to further his own interests.
He promised to free the SGPC, formed after a long struggle by the Sikh community, from the shackles of the Badals, who had transformed it into their personal fiefdom for political exploitation. He reiterated his support for anyone standing up against the Badals in the SGPC.
Captain Amarinder said AAP, with its Haryanvi leader and outsider base, could not prove stable governance to Punjab, which could not afford to experiment with a new dispensation in the midst of the crisis it is currently facing.
He pointed to reports of a large number of outsiders being brought in by AAP from other states for its roadshow in Patiala to warn the people against being taken in by Kejriwal’s false promises.
Capt. Amarinder vowed to throw behind bars Akali leaders like Brikam Singh Majithia and Tota Singh, who had destroyed the lives of lakhs of people with their drug mafia and food scams.
He lashed out at Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for allowing ministers like Majithia and Tota Singh to destroy the lives of people and implicate innocents in false cases. Badal, he said, was responsible for all the mess in the state, including dugs and chitta, as well as the suicides of farmers and the collapse of industry, as a result of his failure to take action against his guilty ministers.
Badal has never thought beyond his family, said Amarinder, adding that neither the Badals nor Kejriwal were concerned about the welfare of the people of Punjab. Under the Badal regime, industrialists from Punjab had invested more than one lakh crore of rupees in other states, choosing to flee Punjab due to the ill-conceived policies of the Akalis, he added.