Congress on Sunday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal of spending Delhi taxpayers’ money for advertisements in Punjab and vowed to “expose” him ahead of the assembly elections next year.
“We will expose Arvind Kejriwal and his outfit. We will run ‘expose AAP campaign’ to reveal the many faces of Kejriwal who has been caught lying on the SYL issue,” Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh said, adding the Delhi chief minister has different yardsticks on issues in every state.
He claimed AAP’s Lok Sabha upsurge is now history and the situation is changing rapidly, as he questioned Kejriwal’s multi-crore spending on advertisements in Punjab.
“Kejriwal is using Delhi taxpayers’ money to market himself in Punjab. Tomorrow where will he spend Punjab’s money...in Tamil Nadu?” he said.
Captain said people of Delhi should demand an answer from Kejriwal as to how he can use their hard-earned money for marketing himself and for doing his politics.
He claimed AAP will disintegrate in the next six months and its people will start joining Congress.
Capt said the ruling Akali Dal will suffer the same fate.
“AAP’s position has gone down very much since the last elections. One should have a credible face in Punjab and they have no credibility,” he said.
He said Punjab, which has been pushed behind many years due to the over two decades of militancy, cannot afford to be pushed behind further as the Delhi chief minister “has no solutions to offer to solve the problems of farmers in the state and is resorting to mere theatrics and gimmicks to woo the gullible Punjab voters”.
Dismissing suggestions that AAP was gaining ground in Punjab, he said the 2014 AAP euphoria had already fizzled out and it was suffering a progressive decline in Punjab since then. “It contested two by-elections after 2014 and forfeited security in both and then did not dare to contest again,” he pointed out.
He said Kejriwal had been exposed over “double speak” on Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) by supporting Punjab while in Punjab and then backing out the moment he landed in Delhi. “And to top it all, he submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court supporting Haryana’s case on SYL,” he said.
Singh claimed the ruling SAD will completely disintegrate before 2017 assembly polls. “There is a subtle and simmering discontent prevailing within the Akali Dal and I guarantee you it will explode at the right time ahead of polls,” he said.
The Punjab Congress chief also claimed Akalis were “very much in touch with us” and will join the party by the end of the year.
“Right now they (the Akali leaders and workers) are lying low as they do not want to be implicated in false cases,” he said, adding, “the moment the Akalis lose control over the administration after the model code of conduct comes into effect, they will resign and join us (the Congress)”.
Singh also warned about serious law and order problem in the state as the farmers may not receive the money for their produce since the state government was unlikely to get the credit limit due to Rs 12,000 crore alleged wheat scam, unearthed recently.