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Modi's thinking not 'futuristic': Capt Amarinder

PTI  New Delhi/Chandigarh, March 22, 2014
First Published: 20:59 IST(22/3/2014) | Last Updated: 21:07 IST(22/3/2014)

  
Congress' Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Amarinder Singh today criticised Narendra Modi's style of functioning, saying the thinking of BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee were not futuristic like Rahul Gandhi.
 
"Somebody may have been a successful Chief Minister. But the style of thinking is yesteryear," Singh said without naming Modi.
 
However, he claimed that Congress Vice President in contrast had a futuristic outlook. He said that Rahul Gandhi is the country's future and lauded the Nehru-Gandhi scion's "futuristic approach".
 
Singh, who is pitted against Arun Jaitley from the high profile Amritsar parliamentary constituency, today promised to give the senior BJP leader, who is fighting his maiden electoral battle, a tough fight.
 
"I am going to give it one hell of a fight," Singh told reporters in Chandigarh in an informal talk.
 
He said though Jaitley, a Rajya Sabha MP is a nice man, but he has not tested electoral battle before. BJP has fielded Jaitley this time in place of sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.
 
Singh claimed that the people of Amritsar were very happy and he was very sure that they were going to "pull it off".
 
He said he felt privileged to contest from Amritsar with which he has deep spiritual and emotional attachment.
 
Moreover, he added, he knew Amritsar and its people very closely for about four decades.
 
"I bow my head to the sacred soil of this holy City and feel blessed that I have been provided a chance to represent and serve its people more closely in the highest temple of country's democracy, that is the parliament of India," he said, adding the people of Amritsar will continue to shower "love and affection" they have always given him.

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 Singh also sought to downplay Punjab Chief MinisterPrakash Singh Badal's suggestion of making Jaitley as the deputy prime minister, saying they were least concerned about his observations.
 
"Badal can make Jaitley anything...elections are about people and people of Amritsar know me well. I have done development there. We will win," said Singh, who had earlier expressed his reservation to jump into fray from Amritsar.
 
Singh was not keen on contesting from Amritsar and had on Thursday suggested that a local candidate should be fielded from Amritsar. However, a phone call from Congress President Sonia Gandhi is believed to have made all the difference.
 
Clearing the air on the issue, Singh said he had suggested Gandhi that he wanted to campaign all over the state and spend sometime in home constituency Patiala, from where his wife Perneet Kaur is seeking re-election, but he agreed after receiving a phone call from her.
 
He also denied reluctance of Congress leaders to contest the Lok Sabha polls out of fear of biting the dust and said "nobody is running away...only Manish (Tewari) is not there due to health concerns, rest everybody is contesting. In Congress there is no shortage of leaders."  

He attacked the Akalis for their alleged misrule, saying corruption, nepotism, false cases against opponents and misgovernance has been the hallmark of their rule so far.
 
He assured that he would raise the voice of people who were allegedly being victimised and persecuted by the Akalis.
 
Polling for all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on April 30.
    
Singh said, he will ensure that he came up to the expectations his nomination has generated around among the party?s rank and file across the state.
 
"I see this as an occasion to get more closely associated with the victims of the vendetta which has been worse in this area particularly in assembly segments like Majithia falling within this parliamentary constituency," he said.

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