Amritsar Sahib, 17 April 2014. Former Chief Minister and Congress candidate of Amritsar, Captain Amarinder Singh the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Arun Jaitley as to why the Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have so far not withdrawn the petition against the Punjabi farmers of Gujarat.
Before embarking upon a ‘Road Show’ from DAV College to Hindu College, he said today in an informal conversation with reporters, that despite the passage of almost two months of a public commitment made last February on the 23rd during a rally at Jagraon in Punjab, nothing has been done by the Gujarat government up till now.
“We want Mr Jaitely to clear the air on such an important issue that touches every Punjabi including him (Mr Jaitley) since he also claims to be one”, he remarked, while adding, Jaitley owed an answer primarily for three reasons.
One, he is an MP from Gujarat. Two he claims to have roots in Punjab. And three he is now contesting from the most important city of Punjab that is representative of its history and culture. “That makes it all the more important for him to spell out his stand”, he asserted.
“I am not asking much from Jaitley”, he remarked, while adding, “it is a simple question as why is Gujarat government not prepared to withdraw its appeal in the Supreme Court against the Gujarat High Court verdict that is in favor of Punjabi farmers?”
When replying to the question, Jaitley claimed that he was only talking about issues, while Capt Amarinder was talking only about people.
Captain Amarinder remarked, “When a person himself becomes an issue, and that too for all the wrong reasons, whether he be Modi, or Majithia, obviously questions will be raised”.
He asked, why Jaitley was shying away from giving answers to his questions. He pointed out, he has asked for Jaitley’s position on several issues, but he was yet to answer any of these questions. “Does it not smack of either arrogance, or ignorance?” he asked, while adding, “He has had enough of monologues, the time has come for dialogues now, and this is the time for answers to the questions his monologues have generated.”