Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh cautioned people to vote carefully lest they end up pushing Punjab again into chaos and anarchy.
Interacting with people from Garshankar assembly segment during ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme here on Sunday, he said the Akalis had destroyed Punjab.
“Their main achievement has been having pushed an entire generation into drugs,” he said, warning people against voting in their favour “lest you destroy another generation too”.
He further attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and said, “What Akalis have done to Punjab in 10 years, Kejriwal did to Delhi in just one year.”
Amarinder asked people to recall his tenure between 2002 and 2007 and compare it with that of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab and promised to re-launch Punjab on the path of progress and glory if voted to power.
Later talking to mediapersons, he said suspending rail and bus service to Lahore as retaliation against the attack on soldiers in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir would not make much difference. India must go for limited retaliatory action against Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism and punish the perpetrators of the terror attack which led to Indian soldiers’ killings, he added.
Responding to another query, he said it was the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which had decided against forging an alliance with the Congress. Claiming that the fourth front being raised by AAP’s former state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu would not impact Congress’ prospects.
Says Gagneja’s death a great loss
Jalandhar: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president (PPCC) Capt Amarinder Singh visited late RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja’s family on Sunday to pay his condolences.
“It is a great loss for everyone as Brig Gagneja was not only a noble soul, but an outstanding and a brave soldier,” Capt said.
Interacting with the media, he condemned the ruling SAD-BJP and said that Gagneja’s was a well-planned and targeted murder and even after one and a half month, the culprits have not been identified, let alone arrested and brought to the book.
The PPCC president said such incidents and issues must be viewed beyond partisan points of view. He said that in a democracy, everyone was entitled to his political beliefs and ideologies.
“We have political and ideological differences with the Akalis, the BJP and the RSS and we fight them ideologically and democratically, but killing someone just because you don’t agree with his views is unacceptable and must be condemned,” he said, adding, “Irrespective of which party or organisation Brig Gagneja belonged to, his assassination is a loss to the state and everyone should condemn it.”
He added that the Badals had lost all authority and besides Gagneja’s murder, the government is still clueless about the killing of the Namdhari Mata Chand Kaur and the murderous assault on Sant Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale.
“This is either a deliberate design or complete incompetence on part of the Akali government,” he commented, while adding that there is a feeling of fear and insecurity among the people of Punjab after such incidents.