The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday said that Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh’s visit to North America had turned out to be a complete flop show and the “Maharaja” could now leave all pretences aside and start holidaying as per his original plan.
In a statement in Chandigarh, SAD general secretary Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the PPCC president’s intentions had become clear from April 19, the day he set foot in Chicago.
“Amarinder remained holed up in a luxurious hotel and received multi millionaire NRIs only in his room to the exclusion of everyone else. He wanted to meet wealthy NRIs only and was not interested in interacting with the common man,” Cheema said. He said this was why Amarinder’s team did not follow the due procedure resulting in him not getting permission to hold political rallies in Canada now.
Cheema also challenged Capt Amarinder to spell out any series of initiatives or even one that he took to mitigate the problems of NRIs.
“If seen from this standpoint, it is clear that Amarinder is only letting out steam by writing a protest letter to the Canadian Prime Minister in this regard. “This is an eye wash. Punjabis know about your carefree nature and your desire to shift to cooler climes during the summer months. It therefore should not surprise NRIs also that they have also been misled into believing that Amarinder really wanted to interact with them and know about their problems,” Cheema stated.