Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday asked the BJP to make Union finance minister Arun Jaitley contest the Lok Sabha byelection from Amritsar as a referendum on the Narendra Modi government’s “dictatorial” demonetisation move.
Amarinder defeated Jaitley by a huge margin in the 2014 LS contest from Amritsar, but has recently quit the seat and is set to fight the assembly polls due early next year.
The former chief minister also said the allocation of Congress ticket for all seats for upcoming Punjab assembly elections would be finalised on December 3, when the Congress electoral committee meets under party president Sonia Gandhi.
Asked about Navjot Singh Sidhu, he said he was hopeful of meeting him soon and expressed hope that the cricketer-turned-politician would play an important role in the party’s poll campaigns.
Reacting to gold restrictions imposed by the Modi government on Thursday, Amarinder said these kind of things happened under the Nazis in Germany. “So is the Modi government trying to replicate the Nazi ideology in India? Gold is a symbol of marital happiness and has a lot of significance for Indian women,” he said in a statement issued here on Thursday.
Expressing concern over the latest spate of hacking incidents, Amarinder said according to an RTI revelation in May 2015, there has been a 100% increase in bank fraud (as per RBI data) in a year after Modi government took charge. “In a recent mega financial hacking fraud, 3.2 million debit cards of major banks were compromised as a result of online security breach. Modi has exposed the common people to fraudsters through his ill-conceived demonetisation scheme. There is a lot of resentment among the common people and it will manifest itself in the assembly polls in Punjab and some other states a couple of months from now,” he added.