Amarinder Starts BJP Journey, Says ‘Even if Gehlot Becomes Cong Chief, You Know Who’ll Run the Show’
“Won’t like to comment on that since it is about a year now that I have left the party.”
Two days after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Captain Amarinder Singh, two-time former Punjab chief minister, in an interview with CNN-News18, questioned the need for Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and said it won’t help the party or Rahul Gandhi.
On Monday, however, he joined the BJP in the presence of union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Kiren Rijiju, BJP leader Sunil Jakhar, and Punjab unit chief Ashwani Sharma. He further merged his newly-formed Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) with the saffron party.
Responding to the Congress’s remarks that he “sold out Punjab and farmers’ interest”, Singh said: “Do I need a certificate from them? The people of Punjab in general and the farmers, in particular, know my credentials. I was among the first ones to oppose the three farm laws and support farmers’ protests. I can be accused of anything, but certainly not of compromising Punjab and Punjabis’ interests.”
Do you believe there are going to be any elections there [in the Congress]? Have they ever taken place? Resolutions have already started pouring in, or are being made to pour in, from across the country that so and so should be the president.
When asked what he thinks of the Congress’s elections for the post of president, he said, “Won’t like to comment on that since it is about a year now that I have left the party.”
People however have this question of Ashok Gehlot becoming the president, would he, and not the Gandhis, control the party, Singh, however, said that the answer lies in your question only. When questions are being raised about the actual authority of the president, it is obvious who will be running the show.
On a parting note, when Singh was asked if Gehlot was a good choice, he said: “Good for whom? The Congress or….those who want him to be the president.”