The verbal duel between BJP candidate Arun Jaitley and his Congress opponent Capt Amarinder Singh attained a new zenith with Jaitley terming his arch rival “a monarch in democracy, self-obsessed, vision-less and Captain of a sinking ship” on his Facebook post on Saturday.
Continuing his onslaught, Jaitley wrote: “Committed politicians need to be obsessed. It is their own choice whether they can be obsessed about their ideological and developmental issues or about themselves. Capt Amarinder Singh questionably falls in the latter category. He creates fake propaganda and then buys the same himself. He relishes in his own image where he believes that he is a monarch in a democracy.
“The Captain’s credentials are not exactly inspirational. The standards he has set in his own life are not an object of envy. Notwithstanding all these black-holes, he relies on his feudal instrument — be rude, be impolite and talk down to people. He calls me a pseudo Punjabi, a poor lawyer and a bad politician. I find it lacking in humility and modesty to talk about my own achievements as a lawyer and politician. It is for others to judge me.”
Putting a question mark on Amarinder’s performance as Punjab chief minister, Jaitley stated: “He has not spoken a word on what he did for Punjab during his tenure as chief minister. As a former Member of Parliament and as a legislator in Punjab, he has not a single credible speech to boast of. He has no vision on development of Amritsar. He has not uttered a word regarding what he will do for Amritsar. He can’t even tell the people that he will be accessible. His track record of accessibility is poor.”
Cornering Amarinder even further, Jaitley said, “Amarinder gets nominated by the ‘guilty’ party of 1984 and he chooses to pontificate to others on the disaster of 1984.
He represents a party which provided India with the most corrupt central government in history. He then questions others on probity, while he is being prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act and he advocates stringent punishment for the corrupt.
It is only when he has to file his nomination papers that he realises that it is good to be a family man. He can singularly lower the level of political discourse.
But eventually democracy has its own way. It will never accept a discredited Captain of a sinking ship.”