Lashing out at Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh for calling Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal as ‘incompetent CM’, Congress turncoat Sukhpal Khaira on Tuesday said that the Congress MP must explain his callous role as a legislator and as a parliamentarian first.
Praising Kejriwal, Khaira said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener has completed one year as a very successful CM, who introduced innovative working like the odd-even number scheme, besides rooting out corruption from Delhi, while Capt has completely failed to play the role of an effective and an efficient leader of the opposition.
“As per the RTI, during his tenure as MLA in the 13th Vidhan Sabha, Capt Amarinder Singh only attended house proceedings for 13 days. Similarly, during his stint as MLA in the 14th Vidhan Sabha, Amarinder, before being elected as MP from Amritsar, attended assembly proceedings for only 3 days,” Khaira said in a press statement.
“Capt. Amarinder Singh not only remained absent as a legislator, but even on the days he attended the Vidhan Sabha sessions, he just sat as a mute spectator and never participated in any meaningful discussions or debates,” he said.
“As per RTI information, Capt never raised a single question during the Question Hour as an MLA in 2007-12. Neither did he utilise the facility of calling attention motion in the same term,” he added.
He said Amarinder, in order to defend himself, did speak for 3 hours and 8 minutes during the 2007-12 sessions, but he miserably failed to indulge in any debate in the Vidhan Sabha proceedings from 2012-14, as he is on record of speaking for only 3 minutes and 36 seconds.
His record is no better as Amritsar MP, he said.
“Amarinder has utterly failed to perform his duties as an important leader of the opposition towards his party and the people of Punjab. It is because of such callous, inefficient and ineffective leaders that the graph of Congress party has declined substantially,” he said.