Taking a dig at ‘Awaaz-E-Punjab’, the fourth front floated by Navjot Singh Sidhu, Pargat Singh and brothers Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains, PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh said that forming a political party is not a ‘joke’, in a programme held at Dharamkot on Wednesday.
“What do you think, if Sidhu, Bains brothers and Pargat got united, it meant they have formed a party?” asked Amarinder who was here to hold “Halke Vich Captain” and “Lokaan Da Durbar.”
On asking if the fourth will benefit the Akali Dal by dividing the Congress vote share in the assembly elections, PPCC chief said: “Why will it benefit them? It will benefit the congress party.”
Commenting on Jagmeet Brar, who announced unconditional support to the Aam Aadmi Party, Amarinder said, “If the AAP was interested in Jagmeet they could have taken him into the party.”
During the question-answer session, Veerpal Kaur, representative of Aanganwari workers Punjab said that she can assure 1.5 lakh vote of their association to the congress if the party includes their demands to regularise them, in the party manifesto.
“During Congress rule, we use to give salaries to the Aanganwari workers but may be, the present government has stopped the system. I assure Anganwari workers to regularise them after coming into power,” Captain said adding that even he is against the contract system.
Seeks explanation from Kejriwal
Amarinder Singh asked Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal to explain the charges of sexual exploitation in Punjab by the leaders deputed by him from Delhi during “Halke Vich Captain” programme organised at Zira, a sub-division of Ferozepur district, on Wednesday.
“The charges are too serious to be dismissed the way Kejriwal is trying to do, since these have been levelled by a senior AAP legislator from Delhi and corroborated by some local leaders,” Amarinder said.
The PPCC president made it categorically clear that he will not let any non-Punjabi to rule Punjab. “Punjab is for Punjabis... We were born here, we will die here, we will mix and mingle with the soil here and only a Punjabi can feel the pain of a fellow Punjabi and not an alien outsider,” he asserted. “Let there be as many parties as possible, but these should be of the Punjabis and for the Punjabis only.”
SAD, AAP members join Congress
Ginderjeet Singh Sekhon joined Congress with his supporters after Amarinder Singh visited his house in Machaki Kalan village, Faridkot, on Wednesday.
Sekhon had left Congress and joined SAD along with Avtar Singh Brar after the last assembly elections. Darshan Singh Dhilwan, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader from Jaitu, also joined Congress along with his supporters.