Former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar, Captain Amarinder Singh has dismissed the allegations levelled by BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy that he (Amarinder) had committed perjury by not disclosing the foreign bank accounts of his wife Preneet Kaur, minister of state for external affairs, and his son Raninder Singh.
"I categorically deny and dismiss these baseless and ridiculous allegations with all the scorn these deserve as these are utter rubbish so characteristic of Swamy", the Congress leader said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
Amarinder pointed out that the very timing of these allegations speaks for itself and also brings out the frustration of the BJP leadership, which was understandable as Arun Jaitley, the party candidate from Amritsar, stood no chance of winning this Lok Sabha seat.
"Given the fact that Jaitely has realised his position in Amritsar vis-a-vis mine, the BJP's dirty tricks department has now come out with this dirty ploy", he remarked.
He said that such frivolous allegations only show as to how threatened the BJP in Amritsar feels as it is losing ground day by day.
"It is apparent that the voters of Amritsar want a change from tyranny, non-governance, goonda raj, state-sponsored infiltration of drugs into their daily life and lack of employment and development", Amarinder claimed.
Rather than gracefully accepting this position, he alleged, the BJP is now "using falsification as a tactic to mislead the voters".
He said these allegations have not been levelled for the first time. It is for the second or third time that such charges have been made.
He dared Swamy to furnish the name of the foreign bank, wherein he claims that his (Amarinder's) wife and son were holding accounts, as well as the account numbers.
Amarinder, who is also the permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee, said, "I would be the last person to react to a statement by Swamy known for his maverick antics. But since he had levelled some serious allegations, I want to clarify lest my silence be taken as his speaking the truth which he never does."