CHANDIGARH, December 28: Senior Congress leader and former union minister Manish Tewari today said that in targeting Capt Amarinder Singh alone during their respective political conferences on Sunday at Fatehgarh Sahab, both the Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party have only betrayed their own fears after having read the writing on the wall and realised that people of Punjab have already made up their mind as who was going to be their next Chief Minister.
In a statement issued here today, Tewari pointed out, both the Akalis as well as AAP leaders instead of listing out any positive agenda for the state or any achievements, only criticised Capt Amarinder. He said, the Akalis’ and AAP’s fears are understandable as Capt Amarinder commands the confidence of the masses across the state.
“He has a proven record and has been tried and tested”, the senior Congress leader said, while pointing out, “people of Punjab are eagerly awaiting his becoming the Chief Minister for good governance”.
He said, people were disillusioned with the Akalis who have ruined the state politically, economically, financially and socially during the last nine years beyond redemption. On the other hand, the AAP is a bunch of opportunists who have started hiving together in a misplaced illusion of making out something big.
“But people of Punjab are politically wise enough not to commit any mistake lest they end up regretting their decision like the people in Delhi are regretting now for having elected AAP to power”, he said.
Tewari said, while the Capt Amarinder raised the issues concerning the state like falling educational standards and unemployment and suggested the way out also, the Akalis and the AAP had only one point agenda to criticise Capt Amarinder.
“IN the process they only betrayed their fears of having to face the most popular leader of Punjab”, he remarked, adding, besides a proven record of good governance, Capt Amarinder’s popularity has been proved beyond any doubt whether by defeating Arun Jaitley in Amritsar or the mobilisation of about five lakh people in Bathinda to attend his taking over function.