The Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, has advised chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to concentrate on the poor fiscal health of the state and the deteriorating law and order situation instead of focusing on the Congress.
Responding to the CM's remarks against former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh, the Gurdaspur district Congress committee (DCC) chief said that Amarinder did not require a certificate from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) or the Badal family on his popularity. The outgoing PPCC president is still a force to reckon with in state politics and Badal personally knows it as all Akalis still fear him, he said.
Randhawa pointed out that Amarinder remained at the helm of affairs of his party in Punjab for a record 15 years, which speaks volumes of the confidence of the All-India Congress Committee in him.
"As far as the mannerism and personality of Amarinder is concerned, I think Badal should not speak on this issue. Everyone knows the maltreatment Badal had given to his own brother Gurdas Badal, nephew Manpreet Badal and other senior leaders like Surjit Singh Barnala, former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra, veteran Akali leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi and many others. This was done to grab the Akali Dal and turn it into a Badal private limited company," said Randhawa.
He said that every Congressman was a disciplined solider of his party and follows the party's directions.
He advised Badal to stop making personal remarks against Amarinder, who was still a popular leader and "a much better Sikh than you are".
The Congress leader asked Badal to concentrate on improving governance as the general public was fed up with the SAD-BJP misrule. He said the CM should think about the poor financial health of the state.
Randhawa said that the Congress was united and under the leadership of newly appointed PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, it would teach a lesson to the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the next Lok Sabha polls.