Akali and AAP colluding to malign me: Amarinder Singh
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh claimed that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party of having a secret nexus to “malign him”. Interestingly the Akali leaders too think that AAP and Congress are colluding to beat the ruling coalition in next election.
“The two political parties seem to have ganged up together to malign me as they see a common and formidable enemy in me,” Capt said.
“Otherwise how did AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal know much in advance of the contents of a secret and sealed vigilance bureau report submitted to the Mohali court on Friday last, which was to be opened on the next date of hearing on October 25?” he asked.
He said both the political parties were using the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) case, which he called a “political vendetta” against him by the Badal family.
“Since they (Akalis and AAP) do not have anything to say against me, they are using this case which the whole world knows was filed out of sheer political vendetta”, he added.
Amarinder said both the Akalis and the AAP had a reason to come together to malign him as he has been “getting the public response from across Punjab” during his programmes.
“Moreover, the survey reports of all political parties including the Akalis and the AAP have put us (Congress) far ahead of others and that is why they have started finding a common cause against me”, he remarked.
Punjab Vigilance Bureau booked Amarinder and others on September 11, 2008, for suspected irregularities in a land deal involving Amritsar Improvement Trust.
The PCC president said he was not bothered about contents of the vigilance bureau report.
“I have been fighting the vigilance bureau and its Akali bosses for last ten years and I don’t mind fighting them for another ten years more, but what has surprised me is the confidence with which Kejriwal claims that the bureau was closing the case against me”, he said.
“It is a clear case of Badal proposing and Kejriwal disposing,” Captain Amarinder remarked.
He said the AIT was not the only case filed by the vigilance at the behest of the Badals against him as he was facing another case in Ludhiana also.
“I have maintained from day one that I have full faith in judiciary and all these cases will fall flat in the court of law. I don’t need any special favours from anyone,” he asserted.
He said the Akalis had another reason also as he has been vigorously raising the issue of Rs 6000 crore synthetic Bhola drug case of 2013 and had made it clear that no matter how much Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gets the investigations delayed, “he will ensure these are taken to the logical conclusion and the guilty are jailed”.
The kingpin in the case a suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jagdish Bhola had accused Revenue minister Bikarm Singh Majithia of allegedly being involved in the case, which is being probed by Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Amarinder claimed that regardless of what the Akalis and the AAP did to malign him, his stand against the corruption would remain the same.
“Badals know it too well from their knowledge and experience as I have jailed them once and I will certainly jail them again for all their sins of omission and commission and I don’t need any certificate from anyone, much less the AAP leaders”, he added