Aam Admi Party (AAP) spokesman Himmat Singh Shergill on Thursday targeted former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and the incumbent, Parkash Singh Badal, accusing them of playing a “fixed match” while handling graft cases against each other during their respective tenures.
Addressing a press conference, Shergill told reporters that Badal’s second tenure was also coming to an end, but the two graft cases against Amarinder - the Ludhiana City Centre scam and the Amritsar Improvement Trust scams -were still pending.
The AAP leader said should his party come to power in the state in 2017, it will not only register cases against corrupt politicians of both Congress and Akali Dal, but also re-open the disproportionate assets case against the ruling Badals which had fallen flat last year.
The case against the Badals was registered in 2003 when Amarinder was the chief minister.
Shergill said the AAP was also firm in exposing the alleged liquor business links between the Akali Dal and the Congress. “Amarinder favoured his close associate Rana Sodhi with liquor licences at the fag end his regime (2002-07),” Shergill alleged, demanding a judicial probe.
The AAP leader’s tirade came a day after Congress leaders Balbir Sidhu, Hardyal Kamboj and Rana KP Singh ridiculed him by saying it was Amarinder who had borne the expenses of Shergill’s law studies in London.
The Congress leaders were fuming at Shergill’s “attempts” to link Amarinder with the liquor business in the state.
Shergill said he was a “self-made senior advocate” and had worked hard in London for attaining a ‘barrister at law’ degree.
The AAP leader said during his stay in London, he earned money by doing “odd jobs” and would stay at his uncle’s place. Shergill also showed the income tax returns filed in the UK.
“Let Amarinder, who is surrounded by a corrupt coterie, come out clean on the statement issued by his comrades,” Shergill said.