Amritsar, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

Former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh today questioned BJP candidate Arun Jaitley's silence over the killing of 35,000 innocent Hindus during militancy in Punjab to appease his Akali patrons.

"Is Mr Jaitely scared of his Akali patrons lest it annoys them", Capt Singh asked.

Replying to a question on SGPC honouring the assassins of late Indira Gandhi and Beant Singh, during a press conference before filing his nomination papers, Capt Singh said, he wanted to know Mr Jaitely's stand on SGPC every year honouring the killers of the Congress leaders.

He observed BJP and Jaitely owed an answer to the people since BJP is the alliance partner of the Akali Dal which controls the SGPC, he added.

Later, Capt Singh accompanied by his wife and Minister of

State for External Affairs Perneet Kaur, daughter Jai Inder Kaur, son Raninder Singh and daughter-in-law Reshma Kaur and Rana Gurjeet Singh, filed papers as the covering candidate.

To another question about setting up a memorial in memory of those killed by the militants, the former Chief Minister pointed out, 35000 people were killed and there must be a memorial so that people learn as how much Punjab suffered and they take the right lessons. He also questioned Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's double standards. He said, while Badal got a memorial constructed in memory of the Operation Bluestar, he has been opposing the same for the victims of terrorism.

At the same time, he sounded caution saying Punjab has moved ahead and all this should be put behind.

However, he pointed out, it was Badal, Akalis and now the BJP who for their partisan interests were raising the issues Punjab otherwise wanted to put behind.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)