Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday challenged AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to come out for an open debate with him on all substantive issues relating to the state instead of indulging in cheap and undignified gimmickry out of sheer frustration in the face of imminent defeat in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
Accusing him of eyeing the state’s chief ministerial post, Amarinder Singh asked Kejriwal to come out with the name of the party’s CM candidate, saying the people of Punjab wanted to know who they were voting for. Kejriwal, in the forlorn hope of his party winning the assembly polls, was waiting to take over the chief ministerial post, said Captain, adding that this was the reason for his refusal to declare the chief ministerial candidate in Punjab even though he had named the Goa CM candidate for AAP.
Citing the large number of AAP posters in Delhi showcasing Manish Sisodia, Captain Amarinder said this clearly indicated that Kejriwal had no interest in carrying on as Delhi’s chief minister as he had his sights set on heading the government of the larger state of Punjab.
Dismissing Kejriwal’s frivolous allegations on the Congress party’s jobs promise, Captain Amarinder said the people of Punjab were aware of his commitment to fulfill all his promises and asked the AAP leader to leave it to him to decide the modalities of giving jobs to the youth of the state.
Charging Kejriwal with resorting to blatant lies to divert the attention of the people from his own party’s scandals and scams, Captain Amarinder accused him of making baseless allegations against the Congress on the job front.
The PPCC leader pointed out that his government had appointed nearly 50,000 government employees and more than 12000 teachers through the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), besides giving thousands of jobs to other people during his tenure.
It was evident that either Kejriwal did not know anything about Punjab or was deliberately trying to befool the people with falsehoods, said Amarinder, adding the people of the state would not be taken in with such lies as they were fully aware of his (Amarinder’s) commitment to them. Whether it’s drugs or employment or other issues plaguing the state, every promise made to the people would be fulfilled in totality, the Punjab Congress leader added.