Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh dubbed the first list of 19 candidates announced by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a “flop show”. At the same time, he also went ahead and welcomed those left high and dry by the party to the Congress ship.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the bickering in AAP against the first list of candidates was “just the beginning”. “They had 31 contenders in Sultanpur Lodhi. They announced the name of the one not on the list. Similarly, in Mohali, Himmat Singh Shergill was announced overlooking the claims of 19 others. We too face the rebel trouble. But the AAP will face more rebellion as it is a new party,” he said.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today urged people to give him just five years to launch Punjab back on the path of progress and development and bring the smile back on every Punjabis face. He also reiterated that he was committed under oath to finish corruption and drugs from the state in a time bound manner.
“Unlike others I am not asking for 25 years, just give me five years and I will ensure that Punjab regains the glory it has lost”, he said amidst thumping applause by an audience of over 5000 people which had gathered to interact with him over the fifteenth edition of the ‘Halqe vich Captain’ programme organised here today.
Asked as what purpose will be solved with the resignation of the Congress MLAs and MPs in the event of the Supreme Court of India ruling against Punjab on the matter of SYL, the former Chief Minister clarified, “after resigning we will go back to people and seek their mandate and majority in the Vidhan Sabha to bring in a legislation to save our waters on the same pattern I did in 2004 when I brought in Punjab Termination of Agreements Act”.
He said, he respected the authority and the verdict of the Supreme Court, whatever it may be, at the same time he was committed to watch the interests of Punjab in a legal and constitutional way.
“And let me clarify and reiterate that there is always a constitutional and legislative way also to undo a wrong or injustice and that is why we will resign and go to the people to get the mandate to legislate and save our waters”, he clarified, while regretting that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal did not exercise this option for the reasons best known to him.
The PCC president announced after the Congress forms government in Punjab, it will bring in Punjab specific ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) scheme to cater to the local needs and also the socio-economic conditions here. He also ruled out the abolition of Mandi Board, saying it was an important corporation Punjab cannot do away with.
Fielding a variety of questions, Capt Amarinder reiterated his commitment to eradicate corruption from Punjab as he was committed under oath to do that. He said, he will not spare even the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, if he found him guilty.
He reminded people how during his previous regime he had caught the then Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravi Sidhu red handed and he was still undergoing the sentence in the case. He warned the corrupt officials that a similar fate awaited them.
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