Big fight between Amarinder Singh, PM: Punjab CM takes on Narendra Modi for ‘swatantra fauji’ remark

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Published: March 4, 2018 1:24:19 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP have come very close to realise the "Congress-mukt Bharat' plank they had set before 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“In Punjab, the Congress does not consider the chief minister as its own, as he marches on like an independent soldier,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP have come very close to realise the “Congress-mukt Bharat’ plank they had set before 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has so far effectively thrown Congress out of power in most of the north-eastern states. After North-East Assembly election results, the BJP is now controlling 21 states of the country.

On the other hand, Congress is reduced to only three – Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram and Pudducherry. Exuding confidence of taking his victory march further, Modi on Saturday said that Congress’ soon be ruling in only one state. While addressing party workers at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, Modi said Pudducherry CM Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy will be the single “specimen CM” of his party soon as Punjab CM Amarinder Singh is like a “swatanra fauji” (independent soldier) who doesn’t consider the party as his own.

“In Punjab, the Congress does not consider the chief minister as its own, as he marches on like an independent soldier,” Modi said. However, prime minister’s remarks drew a sharp rebuttal from Amarinder Singh. The Punjab Chief Minister dismissed the remarks as “frivolous and unsubstantiated”.

Slamming the BJP, Singh said Modi’s statement was part of the saffron party’s bid to create a divide between him and Congress high command. “Who told you that Narendra Modi ji? Not me for sure. Did the Congress high command complain to you against me?” Amarinder said on Twitter. “Anyways, let me make it clear that such frivolous statements won’t help you create a wedge between me and my party, which has full faith in my leadership and vice-versa,” he added.

Further, Singh questioned Modi’s source of “information” and said that he never ‘complained’ to the latter against the Congress high command. “Did the high command go and complain to him against me?” Singh further asked. “One really fails to understand what prompted Modi’s ill-conceived and unfounded remark,” Singh was quoted as saying by the Congress.

The Punjab CM further slammed Modi, saying neither he nor the Congress high command needed the prime minister’s advice. Amarinder Singh expressed satisfaction that Congress high command had full faith in his leadership. The Chief Minister added that the party has given him a free hand to bring Punjab out of the “mess” into which the BJP, in alliance with SAD, had put the state.

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