Lok Sabha elections 2019: Army does not belong to Modi, it is for the nation: Capt Amarinder Singh
The chief minister was addressing a rally in support of Kewal Singh Dhillon, the Congress candidate from Sangrur, in Sunam on Thursday.Updated: May 10, 2019, 15:13 IST
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to take “political mileage” over the achievements of the Indian Army, especially after the air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
The chief minister was addressing a rally in support of Kewal Singh Dhillon, the Congress candidate from Sangrur, in Sunam on Thursday.
“After Balakot air strike, Modi claimed ‘my army’ but the army does not belong to Modi instead the army belongs to the entire nation. Even I have served in the Indian Army for ten years. I served the nation but not Modi,” Captain Amarinder Singh said.
Singh served in the Indian Army’s Sikh Regiment from 1963.
Amarinder Singh also appealed the people to not let PM Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) destroy India’s biggest strength – its unity.
“These Lok Sabha elections would decide the future of the nation by choosing between those engaged in communalising politics and those desirous of building a secular India,” said the CM.
Attacking the SAD-BJP candidate, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Singh blamed the former Punjab finance minister for the fiscal crisis in the state and the additional debt burden of Rs 31,000 crore.
“Dhindsa ruined the state. If we can give relief to farmers with debt waiver scheme, why Prakash Singh Badal could not do it?” he asked.
Others who spoke at the rally included Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee election campaign chief Lal Singh, state minister Vijay Inder Singla and former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.
Lashing out at sitting member of Parliament and the AAP’s candidate Bhagwant Mann, Kewal Singh Dhillon said Mann has done nothing in past five years but joked in Parliament.
“I will establish a university and industry. Even we will hold a performance event of Mann’s comedy on May 24, if I am voted to power,” Dhillon said.
Parminder Dhindsa, on his part, dared Amarinder Singh to take action against him.
“If Amarinder Singh thinks that I have done anything wrong, he should take action against me. The debt of Rs 31,000 crore is the result of anti-people policies of the Congress government at the centre,” Dhindsa said.
Bhagwant Mann said Dhillon is an arrogant businessman who wants to do everything with his money.
“I will meet Congress workers after election results for sympathy but not for comedy programme,” said Mann.