Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has warned revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia against “arm-twisting”and “victimisation of Congress workers”.
“Enough is enough”, he said at a press conference here on Saturday, while asking Majithia that he should not be under any illusion that he would remain in power for ever.
Replying to a question, Amarinder said he would focus on problems like lawlessness, drug addiction, intimidation to people and closure of industry and consequent effects.
He said people from various areas of the district told him that they were “fed up with Majithia’s excesses and atrocities”.
The former chief minister alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had turned Punjab into a state full of drug addicts and was in the process to ruin the entire generation.
He pointed out in nearby Maqboolpoora area there were many widows whose husbands died due drug addiction.
To a question whether he expected booth capturing during the elections, the Congress leader shot back, “Don’t underestimate us, we are not wearing bangles, we won’t allow this to happen.”
“The battle in Amritsar is going to be a one-way affair, as the SAD leadership won’t be allowed to resort to intimidation and arm twisting,” he added.
Vision for Amritsar
Divulging details of his vision for Amritsar city, Amarinder said he had spelt it out way back in 2002 when he was the chief minister.
He said there was a detailed project report called ‘City Development Plan Vision 2025’. “However, after assuming power, the SAD leadership never opened the document,”he added.
The former chief minister said he would study the issues and problems of Amritsar and see what was needed to be done, what should be done and what could be done.
He clarified, “It is not my habit to make a commitment that cannot be fulfilled. I only say what I mean.”
Amarinder pointed out it was between 2002 and 2007 that Elevated road to the Golden Temple and Bhandari bridge were sanctioned at a cost of Rs 173 crore.
Another Rs 240 crore was sanctioned for a water supply and sewerage system; Rs 125 crore for the development of wards; Rs 78 crore for the Galiyara Project and Rs 3,150 crore was approved for the development of Amritsar under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban
Renewal Mission, he added while lamenting that the SAD did very little for the city. Amarinder also spoke about his deep and strong emotional and spiritual bonding with the holy city.