Terming chief minister Parkash Singh Badal a liar, Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said Badal was targeting revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia to please the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Delhi, especially Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
"Jaitley thinks that Majithia was the reason behind his humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections from the Amritsar constituency. Badal is very shrewd in putting onus of his failures on others. He can do anything to project himself in a good light," said Amarinder while talking to reporters after addressing a rally organised by local Congress leader Satnam Kainth at Adampur.
Referring to Badal's statement at a function of Khalsa College on Tuesday in which he had said that Majithia's father Satyajit Singh Majithia was the most powerful man as his son (Bikram), daughter (Harsimrat) and son-in-law (Sukhbir) were ministers, Amarinder said Badal forgot that he was referring to his own family members.
"Badal is getting cleverer with age. He shrewdly blamed the Majithia family for having a major say in the power. Badal does not like Majithia at all and is trying to please Jaitley," said the Amritsar MP.
Addressing the rally, Amarinder warned deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Majithia to face the music for their "atrocities" on Congress workers after the party forms the government in 2017.
Replying to a question whether he was being projected as the party's chief minister candidate after a series of rallies across the state, he said the Congress does not have the policy of nominating the CM candidate although it had made an exception in his case in 2012. He, however, said the party should relook into the policy as the elections were turning into leadership contests.
Amarinder also charged Badal with focusing only on the Bathinda Parliamentary constituency represented by his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
On Badal's statement at the chief ministers' conference that the farmers' consent must be taken before acquiring their land, Amarinder said, Badal was adopting double stands. "Did you take the consent of the Gobindpura farmers in Mansa when you took away their land for the Indiabulls power plant?" he asked. While the power company needed just about 1,200 acres of land, Badal took away 12,000 acres of farmers' land, alleged Amarinder.
He also declared that if voted to power, the Congress would abolish property tax imposed on urban residents.