amarinder: Will launch new party once EC clears name & image; many Congress MLAs in contact, says Amarinder | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Declaring that he would launch his new party as quickly because the Election Commission clears the name and the image, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday hit out on the Congress, saying many individuals from the party have been in contact with him and they’re going to come out in the open when the time comes.
“We are waiting for the opportune moment. But I will not take their names. Already my supporters are being harassed,” mentioned Amarinder, addressing his first press convention after stepping down as chief minister. Asked how many MLAs have been in contact with him, he quipped “if Rahul Gandhi needs to have back-to-back meetings with Punjab Congress MLAs, what does it mean?”
As to why he had not resigned but from the party, Amarinder responded, “I have spent 50 years in the Congress, how does it matter if I stay for another 10 days?”
On the political points he’ll prioritize in the elections, the previous CM mentioned a manifesto committee would finalise the identical. Issues preserve altering, he famous
Pointing out that he had by no means spoken of aligning with the BJP, Amarinder mentioned what he wished to do was seat sharing.
“In military parlays it means concentration of forces,” he remarked, including that he had, nevertheless, not but talked to the BJP on this. Dismissing as trash Sidhu’s tweet accusing him of being loyal to BJP, he mentioned the thought of seat sharing with the BJP got here to his thoughts solely after he was compelled out of workplace. “States have to work with the Centre to function effectively,” he identified.
He additional made it clear that he had no intention of aligning with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) however solely with breakaway Akali teams. Asked concerning the reported refusal of Dhindsa to tie up with him, Captain Amarinder mentioned “If Dhindsa has to put up a real fight, he will have to concentrate his forces too.” “To defeat the Congress, the SAD and AAP,” we are going to all should work as a joint power,” he asserted.
He rejected Congress claims of a majority of the MLAs opposing his continuation in workplace and mentioned, “once they (party leadership) had made up their mind to replace me, all these excuses were made.”
Pointing out that the so-known as 18-level agenda of the Congress for his authorities was nothing however half of the Punjab 2017 manifesto, he mentioned the Kharge committee was clearly informed that 92% of all of the ballot guarantees had been fulfilled.
Taking on his detractors, significantly Navjot Sidhu and Sukhjinder Randhawa, Amarinder slammed them for indulging in petty points.
“We will fight and defeat Sidhu from wherever he contests the upcoming Assembly polls,” he vowed, including that for the reason that former had taken over the Punjab Congress reins, there had been a 25% drop in the party’s recognition, as per his surveys.
Trashing allegations in opposition to his Pakistani pal Aroosa Alam, Amarinder termed as baseless the fees of cash being despatched out by her. Even as he requested if Aroosa was the one situation left in Punjab, he questioned the intention of Randhawa in elevating the difficulty now after by no means raking it up all these years. Aroosa had been visiting him for 16 years and he would positively invite her once more, he added.
Trashing allegations of not delivering through the 4.5 years of his rule, Amarinder listed out numerous works accomplished by his authorities and mentioned the Charanjit Channi authorities was merely implementing what he had determined to do. “All the work we start is simply being carried forward. The land ownership of Lal Doras and Slums was started by me, it was a decision of my cabinet,” he identified.
Countering “propaganda” that nothing had occurred in the Bargari and different sacrilege instances, the previous chief minister mentioned all have been below investigation. As many as 19 law enforcement officials and 21 civilians have been booked, he mentioned, declaring that each one these processes take time.
Listing some of his authorities’s achievements, he disclosed that of the focused Rs 1 lakh crore industrial funding, Rs 96000 crore had already come by the point he stepped down as chief minister. Leading company homes had invested in Punjab, he mentioned, including that luckily, the farmers’ agitation had not impacted investments in the state. He additionally shared with the media a booklet titled ‘Facts v/s Disinformation’, detailing achievements of his authorities from March 2017 until September 18, 2021.

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