Majithia plays up Jaitley’s stature, mocks Cong
Youth Akali Dal (YAD) chief and Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday said competition had begun between his party the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the nine assembly segments of Amritsar Lok Sabha seat to ensure the maximum lead from their respective segments for a resounding victory for BJP leader Arun Jaitely.chandigarh Updated: Mar 21, 2014 07:58 IST
Youth Akali Dal (YAD) chief and Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday said competition had begun between his party the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the nine assembly segments of Amritsar Lok Sabha seat to ensure the maximum lead from their respective segments for a resounding victory for BJP leader Arun Jaitely.
“Now the voice of the people of Amritsar will be very strong in the Lok Sabha. Just one word of Arun Jaitely will have huge bearing on the decisions of the next union government. And people know this very well,” Majithia said after addressing the youth brigade. Jaitley is the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha at present.
Majithia said many vital issues concer ning border areas of Amritsar needed to be resolved at the central government level. “In view of the status and stature of Jaitely in the national politics, the BJP’s move to field the former union minister from Amritsar will have a positive effect across Punjab too,” he added.
In an indirect reference to reports that Congress’s former CM Capt Amarinder Singh had earlier refused the offer to contest against Jaitley, Majithia said the Congress was “frightened” so much so that its “generals are running away from the battle field even as the battle is yet to begin”. “While certain Congress leaders want their rivals to contest, others are falling sick,” he added, the latter reference being to sitting Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari, who was also reportedly citing ill-health to get out of the contest this time after his efforts to shift to the Chandigarh seat did not work out. “They (Congress leaders) are bound to be scared and unwell now in view of their misdeeds in past 10 years.”
He also took a dig at Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, whose candidature from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat was announced in the third list by the Congress, Majithia said that sitting member of Parliament Bajwa “bounced one excuse after the other” to avoid contesting the election.
“Simultaneously, Bajwa tried to trap other senior leaders into contesting the elections… he wants others to fight and get killed in the battle, while saving himself… That is the Congress ,” said Bikram Singh Majithia, in another reference to a BajwaAmarinder rift.
He told the YAD workers that a “slight but straight push” was required for the SAD-BJP victory in the state, asking them to work in a disciplined and united manner. Majithia said the YAD was ket to the SAD-BJP victory in the 2012 assembly polls.
First Published: Mar 21, 2014 07:57 IST