Former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday ridiculed chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, saying the father-son duo was "selling fake dreams to the people of Amritsar about Arun Jaitley becoming deputy prime minister or finance minister, who could then cure all the ills inflicted by them on Punjab".
Addressing a series of public meetings in Thobah, Tehri and Chogawan villages in the Ajnala and Raja Sansi assembly segments on Sunday, Amarinder said he wondered why the Badals are making such claims when it was "quite evident from the mood of the people of Amritsar that Jaitley is not going to win".
"Probably, the Badals believe Jaitley either has a magic wand or has got some currency printing machine and he will flush them with money," he said.
Amarinder alleged that the Badals have a proven record of failure and mis-governance. He claimed that during the last seven years since they took over, "Punjab could not manage to get a single project from the central government, worth its name".
"The ones they got were shelved since they could not provide the matching grants," he added.
Replying to Parkash Singh Badal's allegations that the state could not get projects because of the Congress-led UPA government's discrimination against the Akali-BJP government in Punjab, he claimed he had all the facts and figures "to nail his (Badal's) lies".
Captain said that between 2007 and 2013, the same Congress-led UPA government had provided `12,000 crore to Gujarat ruled by the BJP, `8,000 crore to Karnataka, which was mostly ruled by the BJP during this period, `12,000 crore to West Bengal - earlier ruled by the Left parties and later by Trinamool Congress, both opposed to Congress. "If UPA had no problem with these states, why should it discriminate against Punjab?" he asked.
At the same time, the former chief minister explained that this money was granted to the states after they submitted their proposals and projects with a provision for the matching grants. Compared to that, the Congress leader claimed that Punjab submitted just two projects which got cancelled since they could not provide the matching grants.
"Now Badal should answer as to who was responsible; he or the UPA government?" Amarinder asked while alleging that the chief minister had a "habit of lying and pleading discrimination and persecution".