Taking a jibe at government’s cash ban move, Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday has challenged the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to contest in the Amritsar bypoll election which is likely to happen anytime soon. Singh also touted it to be a referendum on the demonetisation drive announced by the central government.
The bypoll election was necessitated on the account of Captain Singh resigning from his Lok Sabha membership in protest against the Supreme Court order on the Sutlej Yamuna link canal issue. The final dates for the election is yet to be announced by the Election Commission.
Singh won the Amritsar seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by a massive lead of over 1 lakh votes over Jaitley. Jaitley replaced former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu as the BJP candidate from Amritsar, but could not win the seat despite the support from alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal.
Sidhu has recently resigned from the BJP party despite being nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Soon after resigning, he went on to form his own political front – Awaaz-e-Punjab, with the Bains brothers to campaign against SAD.
However, things did not go as planned and hence he dissolved the front after the Bains brothers decided to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). His wife Najvot Kaur Sidhu also resigned as the party’s MLA and has recently joined Congress. As per Amarinder Singh Sidhu would campaign from the Congress in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections, but did not speak up on whether he would join the party.