The controversy over liquor business links has snowballed into a major one as the Congress on Wednesday ridiculed Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Himmat Singh Shergill’s attempts to link state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh with the liquor business in Punjab.
In a joint statement, Congress legislators Balbir Singh Sidhu, Hardyal Kamboj and Rana KP Singh reminded Shergill that it was Capt Amarinder who had facilitated his studies abroad after the untimely death of his father Shamsher Singh Shergill, who died in service while being an additional advocate general in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The Congress leaders said if Shergill’s charges were to be taken seriously, then it should mean that even his father was also linked in the chain as he was a close associate and colleague of Capt Amarinder as it was he (Capt Amarinder) who had appointed him as additional advocate general (AAG).
The Congress leaders said Shergill spent four years in London and returned as a trained barrister to practise in India. “Everything was arranged by Capt Amarinder for him, including the stay, study and all expenses. Someone like him levelling such baseless allegations only reflects ingratitude and ungratefulness,” they said.
Shergill reacted to the allegations saying he would reveal at a press conference on Thursday how his father who was handling important cases as AAG under Amarinder died within three months. “Now that they have alleged that Amarinder funded my education, I am ready to expose Amarinder and even face defamation. The SAD and Congress are behind the flourishing liquor business in Punjab,” the AAP spokesman said.