The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday lashed out at Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh for his remarks that the party was a “junkyard of Congress deadwood”.
Amarinder’s comments on Saturday had come in reaction to Congress leader Aman Arora decamping to AAP, the third to do so in recent weeks.
In a press statement, AAP leader Col CD Singh Kamboj said: “If losing election is a parameter of being deadwood, then is his (Amarinder’s) entire family deadwood?” The AAP leader was referring to the defeat of Amarinder’s wife, Preneet Kaur, in the last Lok Sabha elections
Kamboj said Amarinder’s son Raninder Singh had twice lost badly from Bathinda and Samana seats, and his brother Malwinder Singh had left the Congress for the Akali Dal after he was denied a ticket.
The AAP leader also slammed Amarinder, seeking to remind him that he had also changed parties a number of times and that he had lost many elections, “ even his election security deposit when he contested from Kharar parliamentary seat”.
“Later, only with the help of the Indian government, was he declared unopposed from Samana assembly constituency,” Kamboj said.
“It is known to everyone that Amarinder was about to form a new party ‘Punjab Party’ and blackmailed the Congress high command to make him Punjab Congress president,” Kamboj added.
The Congress reacted to Kamboj’s remarks by calling him and another AAP leader, Sukhpal Khaira, who recently left the Congress, “rolling stones”.
“These leaders are like rolling stones that never gather any moss,” said Congress leaders Sukhjinder Randhawa, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Kewal Singh Dhillon and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi in a joint statement.