Unrest in Punjab work of Badal government: Captain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 02, 2015 12:55 IST
PPCC president and former CM Captain Amarinder Singh and in-charge of the election campaign committee Ambika Soni addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said there was no unrest in Punjab and that it was created by the Badal government to divert public’s attention from other serious issues plaguing the state.

Captain was in Amritsar to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple and Ram Tirath. Speaking on the sidelines of his visit, the newly inducted PPCC chief showed his dissent over the sacrilege incidents and the protests that followed in the state.

When asked about where he stands in the upcoming elections, he said: “We are confident about forming the next government in the state. Our only competition is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Badals don’t stand a chance of winning this time.”

“Even AAP lacks leadership and has no definite policies related to Punjab. So, it is no threat to us,” he added.

On being asked about his reaction on the buzz around Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal coming to Punjab, he said: “Kejriwal is welcome in the state. But he must remember that Punjab has major issues with Haryana and he is a Haryanvi. So, he needs to clear beforehand whether he would side with Haryana or work for the upliftment of Punjab.”

He further said that Congress was open to alliance with secular forces, be it anyone including Left parties.

Meanwhile, Capt said he won’t hold big rallies to generate votes but will concentrate on people to people contact for the upcoming elections.

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