Saini had no option but to take leave: Capt Amarinder
Lok Sabha candidate Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini was working for the state’s ruling party.punjab Updated: Apr 04, 2014 10:43 IST
Lok Sabha candidate Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini was working for the state’s ruling party.
Asked to react to the top cop’s proceeding on leave for the Lok Sabha election duration, Amarinder said: “He had no option, as he was aware that the Election Commission of India (ECI) would, sooner or later, seek his removal. Saini is less a DGP and more a worker of the Akalis.”
He was addressing a public rally at Khasa near here during his election campaign for the Amritsar seat.
‘Party did a lot for Libra’
On Fatehgarh Sahib MP Sukhdev Singh Libra’s resigning from the Congress, the former chief minister said it was unfortunate after the party had done a lot for him. “Last time, the party ignored the claims of its senior leaders to give Libra the ticket and worked for his victory,” he added.
Amarinder denied that Libra had joined the Congress at his behest. “He joined because he refused to toe the Akali line on the nuclear deal with the US near the Lok Sabha elections in 2009,” he argued.
Amarinder questioned the “double standards” of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in having an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Punjab and contesting against it in neighbouring Haryana.
The Congress candidate termed the Akali-BJP alliance “opportunistic”, as in Haryana, the Akalis were supporting the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which was fighting against the BJP- HJC (Haryana Janhit Congress) alliance.
Warns CM, Majithia
The former CM warned state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia to stop harassing the Congress workers and accused chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of getting people beaten up and thrown in jail during the numerous protests he had led.
“In contrast was the morcha (protest) you launched from Kapoori village on the river waters issue (during Captain’s term as CM,” said Amarinder, adding: “What was the need. The simple was to get the SYL (Sutlej-Yamuna Link) and related agreements on water sharing with neighbouring states annulled in the Vidhan Sabha, which we did,” he recalled. Pointing to Badal’s predicting that BJP candidate Arun Jaitley would do wonders for Punjab, if elected, Amarinder said: “Jaitley cannot order the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) to bail out Punjab that has empty coffers.”
He also asked the people not to take Badal’s jail terms seriously. “The fact is he used to send you to jail, while he enjoyed all the facilities while shutting himself up in rest houses,” he added.