Capt asks Jaitley what he meant by social alliance with Akalis
Asserting that the Akali-BJP alliance was the most unholy and opportunistic alliance, senior Congress leader and Amritsar candidate Capt Amarinder Singh today asked BJP candidate Arun Jaitley to explain what he meant by "social alliance" between the two.
He said Mr Jaitley had rather admitted that it was an alliance between two communal parties claiming to be the sole representatives of two different communities, the Sikhs and the Hindus.
Asked to comment on Jaitley's remark that SAD-BJP alliance went beyond political alliance, Capt Singh pointed out that the BJP leader has obviously tried to indicate that while the Akalis exclusively represent the Sikh community the BJP exclusively represents the Hindu community.
"There cannot be a franker admission than that by Mr Jaitely today that the two parties represent sectarian agenda", he remarked.
He said Mr Jaitley was trying to divert the attention from the inherent contradictions within the alliance particularly after the release of the election manifesto of the BJP which has listed several things which are quite contrary to the Akalis' ideology.
"These rather strike at the foundation of the Akali ideology and yet they have to suffer the indignity of supporting and praising it", he remarked about the plight of the Akalis.
The senior Congress leader, in a statement here, said, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was finding it difficult to explain his position vis-a-vis BJP manifesto particularly in regard to the Article 370, Uniform Civil Code and construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
"But Mr Badal will have to take a stand as he can't sail on two boats", he asserted, while adding, "I have asked both Mr Badal and Mr Jaitley to explain their position and both are trying to avoid these questions which they cannot do for long as their double standards will be exposed".
(Posted on 08-04-2014)