Former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday advised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley to stop cribbing and complaining and said that he should spell out his agenda for the holy city of Amritsar.
In a statement issued here, Capt Amarinder said: "So far the only thing Jaitley has done is continuous cribbing and complaining about all those things that I did and particularly that I am not talking nicely to him."
"Ideally a leader of Jaitley's stature should not take such things to heart and feel demoralised as in politics you are always confronted by such harsh realities which you do not encounter while making backdoor entries into the legislature," he said.
The Congress leader said that Jaitley should come out with his vision and agenda for the people of Amritsar, which happens to be the principal city of Punjab.
"And I am sure that will generate a healthy debate which you have been desperately missing and complaining about all these days. Otherwise so far you have been in denial mode only by denying everything what I say," he said.
The former chief minister also asked Jaitley that Amritsar would like to know whether he would give up his lucrative legal practice in the Supreme Court for which he requires to be in Delhi or not.
"As far as I know you charge Rs 15 lakhs per appearance. So people of Amritsar would like to know from you that in case you get elected from here will you shift your base to this place and give up such a lucrative business in Delhi," he asked.
"You and your Akali patrons and supporters have trumpeted many a dreams about you, with Parkash Singh Badal even going to the extent of declaring you as the future deputy prime minister of the country although you may be nourishing different ambitions, while you yourself have kept quiet," the Congress leader said.
Capt Amarinder also said that he would like to grant Jaitley his cherished wish of a healthy and sophisticated debate if only he comes out with healthy and sophisticated ideas and not those dictated to him by his Akali patrons who have done no good to any of the BJP leaders so far and if he has any doubts he could ask Navjot Singh Sidhu.