The verbal fight between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress MP Captain Amarinder Singh over the latter’s labeling of AAP as a “Naxalite party” continued on Monday. AAP leader and Chandigarh-based academician Manjit Singh said the former chief minister would have done better to rather “go through those pages of history where his ancestors collaborated with the British Raj to capture and kill revolutionaries from Punjab”.
He said Amarinder had made the comments “without caring to know that Naxalites too are contesting parliamentary elections now”. Manjit said if Amarinder was really worried about the future of youth in Punjab, he would not have issued a notification in 2003 to stop government recruitment. “Also, inquiries will trace the entry of drug mafia into Punjab to his tenure, and it has further flourished during the present regime. By branding the AAP’s social workers as Naxalites, does Capt Amarinder wish to cover up the ‘narco-terrorism’ he let enter into Punjab from across the border?” he said.
He suggested, “Instead of entering into a game of accusation and character assassination of AAP MPs, Amarinder should have counted the achievements of the Congress in the state and at the national level… During his (Amarinder’s) tenure as CM, a plan was submitted for providing houses to all the Dalits and other rural poor of Punjab. But it seems he was too busy in grabbing real estate and did not have the time to glance through the proposal.”
Another statement was issued by Himmat Singh Shergill, AAP leader from Mohali who lost the Lok Sabha poll from Anandpur Sahib. A lawyer, Shergill said, “It seems that Capt Amarinder Singh is scared of the Aam Aadmi Party as he is facing serious corruption cases in Mohali, Ludhiana and Amritsar courts. He should realise that Congress has got less seats than AAP in Punjab.”
Manjit added, “By referring to the dedicated workers such as Dr Dharamavira and Prof Sadhu Singh as Naxalites, Amarinder is actually encouraging the youth to become Naxalites.”