Hitting back at Congress candidate f rom Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh for issuing warning to him over “arm-twisting”, Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majitha on Saturday asked Amarinder to learn from his own misadventure with ‘khunda’ in the previous Vidhan Sabha elections before indulging in boastfulness on “brandishing swords and lathis”.
In a statement issued here, Majithia said he was taken by surprise and amusement when he read that Amarinder was coming to ‘Guru Ki Nagri’ brandishing a sword and wielding a lathi.
“People come to the holy city with humility in their hearts and prayers on their lips, but Amarinder is the first Sikh to talk about marching towards Amritsar brandishing his swords and lathis, revealing his ugly mindset, which shows that he is coming here as an aggressor,” said Majithia.
“I would humbly like to remind him that many like him came here before not only with swords and lathis but even with tanks, guns and mortars, but the Majha’s brave-hearts blunted their pride and packed them back, scurrying like frightened cats with their tails tucked in. If he is coming here with naked swords, I advise him to sheathe them and approach Amritsar as everyone else does - as a humble devotee. Otherwise, he better be prepared to lick the dust,” he said.
The minister said he had been reading Amarinder’s outbursts and was dismayed by the tone and tenor of his statements. “As a senior leader, he is expected to set an example in decency in public speech. I am still waiting to see if all these statements issued on his behalf are owned by him or not, because I still find it hard to believe that a former Punjab chief minister would talk like a petty ruffian.”
‘CAPT AGGRESSION FAKE’
Taking a dig at Capt Amarinder Singh, the Congress candidate from Amritsar, the Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party chief Kamal Shar ma said “fake aggression” could not befool people of Amritsar and would not fetch votes.
Addressing a press conference, Sharma said, “Amarinder thinks that he can look very aggressive by using harsh language. He is making a mistake, as the people of Punjab had already listened much of him and shown him the door many times.”
“The Congress candidate is just day-dreaming, as the people of Punjab had rejected him in the assembly polls in 2007 and 2012,” he added. Sharma said, “His son also tasted defeat twice in parliamentary and assembly polls.”
Suggesting Amarinder to talk on real issues, the Punjab BJP chief said, “It’s sad even after rejected repeatedly, Amarinder hasn’t learnt much and is just busy in same style of harsh language and using ‘khunda’.