Promising action against “corrupt Akali leaders” if his party is voted back to power, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday challenged Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal for a public debate on any election-centric issue.
“I will not spare the corrupt Akali leaders once the Congress comes to power,” the former chief minister said at a press conference, after inducting AAP supporters along with Youth Akali Dal (YAD) Malwa spokesperson Gurpreet Singh Happy into the party fold here.
Responding to a question on Kejriwal’s charge of nexus between the Congress and Akali Dal, Capt pointed out that he had been running around courts for the past 10 years under the Badal regime.
“Does that indicate a nexus?” he asked, asserting that he will not spare Badal once he is back in power. “We did it earlier; we will put him in his place again,” said Capt, charging chief minister Parkash Singh Badal with making empty promises to farmers and other sections.
Accusing Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in theatrical gimmickry in order to become Punjab CM, Capt said the AAP national convener was trying to run away from a debate on one pretext or the other.
“As a CM aspirant, he (Kejriwal) should have the guts to face me directly, rather than put others in front,” said Capt.
FOR MARTYR STATUS TO GREWAL
Capt also said he was in favour of giving martyr status to retired soldier Ram Kishan Grewal, who killed himself in protest against unequal pension policy for military veterans. “He laid down his life for his brethren, so that they could get their rightful dues, and he deserves to be treated as a martyr,” he said.