Several Congress leaders on Tuesday took a dig at BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh for "trying to defend the indefensible" and giving a "lame" reason over his party cancelling the January 22 Amritsar rally. The BJP has cited the February 7 Delhi polls as the reason.
"It is a public knowledge that the BJP ran away after Capt Amarinder Singh announced to hold a parallel rally the same day at Amritsar," read a statement signed by rally coordinator Rana Gurjit Singh and MLAs OP Soni, Raj Kumar Verka, Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
About Chugh saying that Delhi assembly polls would give the "perfect reply" to Amarinder, they said, "Capt Amarinder does not need to prove his popularity and charisma in New Delhi as he has already proved it in Amritsar during the general elections… If you still have any doubts about it, you better ask your senior leader and finance minister Arun Jaitely (who had lost to Amarinder)."
"It was public knowledge that the Delhi elections had to be concluded before February 15, the deadline for constituting the new assembly there," they added, saying that they did not expect a "junior" such as Chugh to be in the know of such things "since the decision to cancel the rally must have been taken by Amit Shah himself at the saner advice of Jaitely, who knows what it means to confront Capt Amarinder."