Reacting to reports that Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh is setting up a social-media war room to counter the “public appeal” of the Aam Aadmi Party, AAP state convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur has advised him to instead focus on real issues such as drugs and debt.
He said here on Thursday that the Congress had been in power in Punjab off and on since 1947, Amarinder himself had been chief minister for a full term between 2002 and 2007, and many of Punjab’s problems, precarious finances especially, were a legacy of the previous Congress regimes. He also took a dig at Amarinder’s plan to rope in political strategist Prashant Kishor, saying “rather than hiring dream merchants, Captain should explain to Punjab voters his and his party’s role in pushing the state towards bankruptcy and show them a real plan to get it back on track”.
On Punjab government’s setting up the sixth pay commission to decide employee salaries, he said it was a populist move with less than a year left for the state election. He demanded that constitution of the commission be put off until a new government was in place.