Dubbing Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh as “prophet of doom”, the ruling Akali Dal on Tuesday said Punjab didn’t have the history of electoral violence.
In a sharp reaction to Captain Amarinder’s interview — ‘Punjab elections are going to be violent’ , HT, October 18 — the Akali Dal spokesperson Maheshinder Singh Grewal said Punjab Congress chief had voiced similar concerns five years ago.
“But people of Punjab had given him a rebuff by holding most peaceful poll in the entire country,” Grewal, who is also a political adviser of the CM, said, wondering if Amarinder was genuinely scared of a possible violence.
“Is he using threat of impending violence to scare away peace-loving Punjabis? Or is he himself conspiring to create violence to vitiate the political environment?” he said.
Stating that the Akalis had always been in fray in Punjab polls and its youth, student wings had ensured peaceful conduct of polls, Grewal said Amarinder Singh needed not fear from them. Instead, he said, Amarinder should control his own herd.
Advising Amarinder to act with restraint and use sober language befitting his status, the Akali leader said the Congress chief should desist from using abusive words and playing “khunda politics of street goons.”
‘Cong equally responsible for drug menace’
Terming the burning of ‘Chitta Ravan’ by the Congress a mere ‘political drama”, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said Congress was equally responsible for growing drug menace in Punjab. The menace spread during Captain Amarinder Singh’s rule (2002-07), AAP said in a press statement, adding the ‘udta Punjab’ epithet got wings during his tenure as the CM.