Jaitley-Capt verbal duel intensifies

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2014 00:09 IST

The verbal duel between BJP candidate Arun Jaitley and his Congress opponent Capt Amarinder Singh has intensified after a brief pause.

After exchanging words on the issue of Jaitley’s house, the BJP candidate has again taken a dig at Capt Amarinder by terming him a ‘fish out of water’ when it comes to civilised and issue-based election.

Hitting back, Capt Amarinder who has stuck to an aggressive tone and tenor asked Jaitley to take permission from BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi before promising to open a trade route between Amritsar and Lahore.

Taking a dig at Capt Amarinder Singh through his campaign diary, Jaitley wrote, “Captain sahib has an unbeatable capacity to singularly lower the level of political discourse. In a civilised issue-based election, he is a fish out of water. My advice to all my friends, supporters and well-wishers in Amritsar is that we must fight this election with elements of civility, dignity and keep it issue based.”

“An increasing desire is being witnessed in Amritsar for Narendra Modi to be the next prime minister. I can also smell the positive attitude of the people towards me and the issues which we are raising. We must not deviate from this agenda,” the BJP candidate wrote.

Attacking Amarinder, Jaitley further said, “The Captain had called me an outsider. Unlike him, I have hundred per cent Majha blood in my veins. I had promised that this being my ancestral town, I will have a residential base here. I have implemented that promise. What about Captain himself? Will the people of Amritsar have to wait for days altogether outside his Patiala palace in order to meet him?”

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