Amritsar, Apr 10 UNI | 4 months ago

The Congress today asked BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley, who has been claiming to make Amritsar a trading centre with Pakistan, to clarify his stand vis-a-vis his party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who has been advocating a confrontationist stance towards that country like a war monger.

In a statement here, senior Congress leader and former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh pointed out that Mr Modi was turning to be a war monger and had already betrayed his hostile mindset towards Pakistan. He asked Mr Jaitley what will be his position in case they formed the government which hopefully they will never.

At the same time he said, compared to Mr Modi's stand, Capt Amarinder Singh had a proven record of having endeavoured to build up people to people contact with Pakistan.

"It was during his tenure that cultural exchange between two parts of Punjab started and is still going on", he pointed out, while strongly advocating for his election from Amritsar as its representative in the parliament. On the one hand, Bir Devinder Singh said, Jaitley is claiming to promote Amritsar as an international trading centre and saying that trade would be opened up with Pakistan to benefit Amritsar. At the same time, he added, Modi is preaching war.

"Where do these two contradictory things meet?" he asked, while warning that in case of a war Amritsar would be the worst sufferer, besides whole of Punjab and other northern states like Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan. The senior Congress leader advised Mr Jaitley not to practise double standards. "You can either be loyal to the ideology of your leader or to Amritsar but not both at the same time", he told Mr Jaitely while rubbishing his claims of building up Amritsar as the trading centre.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)