Urging people to teach the Congress and the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) a lesson in the upcoming assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Friday alleged that presidents of both the parties — Captain Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Singh Badal — are in a “secret pact” for fielding candidates with mutual understanding.
Kejriwal, who was addressing a rally here, said the Badals and Amarinder were trying to save each other by befooling people. “I have information that Sukhbir and Amarinder met recently and discussed on seats in which they can help each other. It is a secret alliance,” alleged Kejriwal.
“Akali MLAs quitting the party and joining the Congress is also stage-managed.”
“As both are aware that the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress are not in a position to form the government in Punjab, they have decided to field candidates with mutual understanding,” Kejriwal said, adding that the Akali MLAs quitting the party and joining the Congress is also stage-managed.
The Delhi chief minister, who started his Punjab tour on Friday, said both the Congress and the Akalis have looted Punjab and always tried to hide each other’s misdeeds. “Badal withdrawing cases against Amarinder shows that they both are hand-in-glove and share a secret friendship,” he added. “The SAD-BJP government has ruined the state in its 10-year rule and almost every business in Punjab leads back to the Badal family.”
He targeted Amarinder for the alleged Swiss bank accounts, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was deliberately not taking action against the Punjab Congress chief. He lashed out at state revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on the drug issue and accused Amarinder of shielding him.
Kejriwal reiterated that if voted to power, the AAP would wipe out drug menace from the Punjab and addicts would be rehabilitated. He also said action would be taken against private schools for overcharging from parents.