Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh today asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as why he does not get his own Ford Foundation funding probed along with Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who is under fire for allegedly taking bribe for issuing tickets.
While the AAP leaders from Delhi and Uttar Pardesh were maligning Chhotepur for accepting party fund, why was Kejriwal silent on the massive money Sukhpal Khaira (AAP’s NRI wing incharge) and other leaders collected from the NRIs in United States and Canada when they visited these countries in last few months, he alleged.
He also sought a probe into the funding of Arvind Kejriwal’s NGO which was “funded” by the Ford Foundation which in turn “gets money from the CIA”.
He also asked the Delhi Chief Minister how he could run an NGO while being in the service of the union government.
“Charity begins at home and better begin the probe with your own funding from Ford foundation that is so suspicious and controversial”, he told Kejriwal.
On Congress party’s stand on Chhotepur and whether the party will welcome him back, the PCC president said, “Congress party’s doors are open for everyone whether Chhotepur, Navjot Sidhu (cricktere-turned-politician), Pargat Singh or Inderbir Bolaria (supended Akali Dal MLAs)”.
However, he made it categorically clear that there was no direct communication between the Congress party and these leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, Bajwa said the Congress party has decided to launch a sustained campaign for getting justice for the farmers with the theme ‘kisana naal insaf karo, saara karza maaf karo’ (do justice with farmers, waive off their all loans).
He reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi about BJP’s manifesto promise to implement Swaminathan Commission report on agriculture.
He said the Modi government had waived off Rs 1.14 lakh crore debt of its “favourite industrialists” and asked why then it cannot waive off the loans of farmers which amount to Rs 56,000 crore.
Addressing the dharna, Asha Kumari exhorted the party workers to ensure that the Congress forms the government in the state. She alleged that Akalis and the BJP had “devastated” Punjab over the last 10 years.
Chairperson of Congress Campaign Committee Ambika Soni accused the Badals of ignoring Punjab and keeping everything within the family.
She said, on the one hand, there is a leader like Capt Amarinder who risked his Chief Ministership to save Punjab’s waters and on the other hand, there are Badals who are bothered about themselves only.
Former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said the Congress government led by Manmohan Singh had provided everything to Punjab as demanded by Badal, while on the other hand, BJP Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not even prepared to meet him.
Lashing out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said not only Sucha Singh Chhotepur, all members of the party were minting money in the name of elections. He said there was no place for rejected people in the Akali Dal, so no question of inviting Chhotepur to join the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
All AAP leaders, including Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh are minting money. Jo paise dega, use hi ticket milegi (the one who pays will get the party ticket),” Sukhbir said on the sidelines of a meeting with traders at Nirvana Club in Ludhiana on Friday.
The deputy CM said half of the AAP candidates, who have been allotted tickets, have a criminal background. He also accused party’s national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of a tie-up with radicals in the state for vested interests. “The AAP is playing a dangerous game in the state. We have evidence that they have committed to the radical groups,” he said.