Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh cautioned people to vote carefully lest they end up pushing Punjab again into chaos and anarchy.
Interacting with people from Garshankar assembly segment during ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme here on Sunday, he said the Akalis had destroyed Punjab.
“Their main achievement has been having pushed an entire generation into drugs,” he said, warning people against voting in their favour “lest you destroy another generation too”.
He further attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and said, “What Akalis have done to Punjab in 10 years, Kejriwal did to Delhi in just one year.”
His remarks came as the AAP supremo arrived in the state for the second time in less than three weeks to steer the party’s campaign for the 2017 Punjab assembly polls.
Amarinder said, “I firmly believe that Punjab is only for Punjabis, to whichever party or group they belong,” adding that he will “fight against” Kejriwal from whichever seat he decides to contest in the upcoming polls.
He alleged that while Delhi was fighting dengue and chikungunya, Kejriwal “hospitalised himself” in Bengaluru and his deputy chief minister and other ministers were “holidaying in Europe”.
Amarinder asked people to recall his tenure between 2002 and 2007 and compare it with that of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab and promised to re-launch Punjab on the path of progress and glory if voted to power.
Later talking to mediapersons, he said suspending rail and bus service to Lahore as retaliation against the attack on soldiers in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir would not make much difference. India must go for limited retaliatory action against Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism and punish the perpetrators of the terror attack which led to Indian soldiers’ killings, he added.
Responding to another query, he said it was the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which had decided against forging an alliance with the Congress. Claiming that the fourth front being raised by AAP’s former state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu would not impact Congress’ prospects.
(With agency inputs)