Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday claimed that he is a 'time bomb' which would wipe out the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) from the face of Punjab. He also described SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal as a "genetically modified self-terminator seed."
Bajwa's statement comes a day after Sukhbir dubbed him a 'human bomb' sent by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to "destroy himself as the Punjab Congress by contesting the Lok Sabha elections'.
Addressing a series of meetings in Qadian constituency on Friday where he started his poll campaign, Bajwa said, "Yes, I am a bomb, a time bomb. And this bomb will wipe out the Akali Dal from the face of Punjab in the Lok Sabha elections. Sukhbir is like a genetically modified self-terminator seed which ends its own life cycle after a specified period of time. The political life cycle of the Akali Dal chief is nearing its end".
The PPCC chief said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was fully aware of this "self-terminating characteristic" of his son and that was the reason he had not vacated the top post in the government for him despite Sukhbir "being desperate to take over".
Describing SAD chief as a "man with a bloated ego and arrogance," Bajwa said, "Sukhbir is scared of the post-poll scenario as his government not only faces the tsunami of anti-incumbency but also the anger of the people at its misrule, deteriorating law and order situation in the state for which the Akali goons were responsible and the drug menace which has gone viral due to easy availability of drugs being smuggled under the patronage of Akali leaders".
Referring to Aam Aadmi Party, he described it as a "failed party lacking capacity to govern as evident from the way the Delhi experience of the voters turned into a disaster".
Bajwa said that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had the "potential to inflict maximum damage to the social fabric of the country and governance".
He also dubbed AAP candidate from Gurdaspur Sucha Singh Chhotepur as the biggest opportunist. The seriousness of AAP, he said, could be gauged from the fact that the party has fielded a "rank opportunist" like Chhotepur from Gurdaspur. He called upon the people to weigh his (Chhotepur's) record carefully before going to the polling booths.
He recalled that Chhotepur started his political career with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and then shifted to legislative politics. He had always been waiting for the opportune moment to strike a deal and he had repeated a similar act once again.
He said the way AAP ditched its voters in Delhi had conclusively proved that this party was "nothing more than a misadventure resorting more to theatrics than offering any concrete programme".
Bajwa addressed a series of meetings in Tugal wala, Bhattian, Nanuwal Jinder, Bhaini MianKhan, Chakk Sharif, Gunnopur, Jogi Cheema, Dhariwal, Kahnuwan, Kahlwan, and Qadian City.