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Opinion polls a farce: Amarinder

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar, November 08, 2013
First Published: 20:10 IST(8/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:16 IST(8/11/2013)

 In tune with central Congress leaders, former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has demanded a ban on opinion polls, calling such an exercise a farce.

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Amarinder on Friday appeared before a district court here in connection with the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) scam. The next date of hearing has been fixed for December 4.

Interacting with the media outside the court, the Captain said, "Had the opinion polls been accurate; we would have won the Punjab assembly polls last year."

When asked about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Amarinder said he was not fit for the PM's post.

On the imposition of property tax in the state, he said there was strong resentment among people over the issue. During the Congress regime in Punjab, we never imposed any extra tax on the common man and we firmly oppose it now, he said.

About the land deals in which Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa's name has cropped up, he said it is Bajwa's personal matter and the party had nothing to do with it.

Earlier, while arguing for the other accused, the defence counsels, who had earlier moved an application on behalf of Nachhattar Singh Mavi, former secretary, Vidhan Sabha; Tara Singh, undersecretary, Vidhan Sabha; and KK Kaul, former senior town planner, Punjab; stated for their discharge from the present case, saying that they had been falsely implicated as there was no mandatory sanction obtained for prosecuting them as they were public servants.

Two accused, Subhash Chander, director, Veer Coloniser, Amritsar; and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, former Punjab local government minister, sought exemption from appearing in the court.

The Punjab vigilance bureau had booked Amarinder and others in the AIT case on September 11, 2008.
The bureau has already filed a chargesheet in the case before a special court in SAS Nagar.

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