Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had committed fraud with the people of the country and exposed itself as an organised gang of looters who were bent upon robbing the exchequer in a planned way by misusing the tag of ‘Aam Aadmi’ (common man).
Questioning the fourfold increase in the salaries of MLAs in Delhi, Sukhbir said Kejriwal should explain the rationale behind the move and also explain to the country the appointment of 57 chief parliamentary secretaries and chairmen with all facilities of cabinet ministers. He said the people of Delhi were stunned by the “anti-people postures” of AAP, including the fourfold rise in VAT. He said AAP had back-stabbed the countrymen by exploiting their sentiments.
The deputy CM, along with wife and Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, was in Amritsar to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.
Replying to queries, he said it was strange that the party of the “common man” was indulging in practices, which it strongly opposed before elections. He said AAP had forgotten its pre-election commitments and was all out to loot the state exchequer.
He said people would not forgive AAP for misusing the common man tag and betraying middle-class sentiments. He said the people of Punjab had already rejected AAP and no theatrics could revive its fortunes.
‘Cong not united’
On the appointment of Capt Amarinder Singh as state Congress chief, Sukhbir said the infighting in the Congress had begun even before the Captain took over formally. He said Amarinder could not befool the people with his so-called bold statements as nobody in the state wanted him to return to power.
He said if the Amritsar MP is a true Sikh, he should seek justice for the 1984 Sikh massacre and ensure punishment to Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. He said Amarinder should insist on expulsion of both leaders from the Congress.
When asked about the ongoing Sadbhawna rallies, he said the huge turnout at these rallies was proof that the people wanted peace.
He said the ruling SAD-BJP alliance would not only secure an impressive win in the ensuing polls but also in the next ones.
Sukhbir said the rally of his party at Patiala on December 15 was very much on the cards. On the same day, the Congress is holding a rally at Bathinda to mark Amarinder’s taking over as state Congress chief.