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Capt speak: 2017 elections will be fought on future of Punjab

punjab Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:59 IST
HT Correspondent
Captain Amarinder Singh

Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh answered a wide range of questions while interacting with the media at Chandigarh on Wednesday.

On arresting Badal

If I come to power, I will not arrest chief minister Parkash Singh Badal again on corruption charges. About the case against the Badals falling flat, what can I say, you know our legal system well. I don’t intend to move the Supreme Court or re-open the cases.

On delay in announcing boycott decision

I am not like CM Badal who can take a decision sitting at home. Ours is a national party and I have to put up my recommendations before the party high command for approval.

On Aam Aadmi Party

In war, no enemy should be underestimated. But I don’t think the AAP is as big as people are making it out to be. If Lok Sabha elections are held today, all its four MPs will lose. I am not taking the AAP lightly but I am not taking it seriously either. TV channels are showing that the common man in Delhi is not happy with the AAP. Their graph will only go down further.

On Prashant Kishor

We want to rope in Prashant Kishor for Punjab polls as he has a reputation of winning elections. But the final decision has to be taken by the party high command as UP also goes to polls along with Punjab. I disagree with his statement, wherein he said he worked for Modi, not the BJP, and for Nitish, not the JDU. I cannot be divorced from the Congress and we go hand-in-hand.

On Jagmeet Brar

He is not the PPCC. Our decision has the stamp of the high command. Brar likes to plough a lonely furrow and let him do so.

Yechury’s no to grand alliance

I have read that CPM leader Staram Yechury has advocated not forging an alliance with us in Punjab. But in politics, a week is a long time. The BSP’s decision will depend on whether we go with or against it in Uttar Pradesh.

Won’t ask Congress cadre, voters to boycott voting

We will not ask anyone to boycott voting. But the polling percentage is expected to come down.

No chairmen posts for MLAs

If voted to power, we will not appoint MLAs as chairmen of trusts, boards and corporations. These posts will go to other party leaders.

‘Missing aggression’

When I used to say Akalis te daang chukanga (beat Akalis with sticks) said talk agenda. Now when I am talking positive agenda, you say daang chako (pick up the stick). Please make up your mind as to what you want.

No chairmen posts for MLAs

If voted to power, we will not appoint MLAs as chairmen of trusts, boards and corporations. These posts will go to other party leaders.

‘Missing aggression’

When I used to say Akalia te daang chakunga (beat Akalis with sticks), you (media) said talk agenda. Now when I am talking positive agenda, you say daang chako (pick up the stick). Please make up your mind as to what you want.