Punjab BJP reminds Amarinder of threats he issued

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Chandigarh,May 7 (UNI) After the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) it is the turn of its alliance partner, the BJP to criticise former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and remind him of the threats he handed out to his politcal opponents during his five year tenure.

''The people of Punjab have not forgotten the threats Capt Singh issued to the SAD and BJP leaders during his tenure'', Punjab BJP chief Prof Rajinder Bhandari said at a press conference here today, while refering to the repeated accusations of the former chief minister that the SAD-BJP government was pursuing a policy of 'political vendetta'.

Capt Singh was trying to shift the attention of the people from the productive work that the Punjab government was pursuing, he claimed. The autocratic and arrogant style of Capt Singh cannot be forgotten, he added.

Unlike Capt Singh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is easily accessible and is a seasoned politician who knows the pulse of the people, he said. He advised the former chief minister not to ''shed crocodile tears'' and indulge in ''loose talk''.

Questioned about the 'Deputy CMs' proposal, Prof Bhandari reiterated that the issue was very much on the BJP agenda, as the BJP had 19 members in the state assembly. ''The ball is in the court of the Chief Minister'', he quipped while denying reports that his party high command was not inclined to the Deputy CMs post.

He said that this issue had even been discussed in the state level coordination committeee meeting of the SAD and the BJP.

Regarding revamping of the state BJP, he said that it will be done within a week. He however made it clear that no minister would be given a party post.


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