Captain Amarinder Singh, the former Punjab Chief Minister and leader of the Punjab Lok Congress (PLC), stated on Wednesday that his party’s objective is to create a government as well as defeat the Congress in the state’s upcoming Assembly elections.
Amarinder Singh said he was pleased with the enthusiasm he is receiving from people across the state as he addressed a meeting of party workers and office-bearers today after inducting a former MP and many former MLAs into the party. He predicted that numerous sitting and past MLAs from all three political parties, the Congress, the AAP, and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), would soon join the Punjab People’s Congress.
The former Chief Minister revealed the aim of the Punjab Lok Congress, saying that he had not come back to become Chief Minister. In response to some of the state’s challenges during this time, he stated that his goal is to restore Punjab’s old honour, not only save it.
Punjab is heavily in debt, according to the previous chief minister, with a debt of approximately 5 lakh crore, accounting for roughly 70% of the state’s total GDP. “It will take many generations to clear this debt,” he warned, “and the appropriate steps must be taken right away.”
He was also taken aback by the manner in which Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi made populist statements. Presumably, he realises that Congress will not be re-elected, and that the responsibility will fall on the next government.
Punjab, according to Amarinder Singh, can no longer rely on agriculture and has to invest in modern industry. He stated that 1 lakh crore would be invested in Punjab by September 2021.
In response to the threat posed by neighbouring countries, he stated, “India does not wish to be at odds with anyone. I have no personal animosity toward any Pakistani, but I do have a problem with the Pakistani government and the terrorism factories there, which spread terrorism here and kill our soldiers on the country’s borders. In the last five years, 83 Punjab jawans have been martyred. You can only guess the number of deaths across the country in such a situation. No true Indian can call Imran Khan and Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa friends in these circumstances.”
“If you are a friend of these people, then you are not a well-wisher of India,” he stated, criticising Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu for publicly calling Imran Khan his buddy.
Amarinder Singh, referring to the poor situation of other political parties in the state, claimed that the Congress was embroiled in an internal conflict. “Where the Chief Minister and the President of the State Congress are moving in opposite directions, and workers and leaders are unsure who they should contact.”
He claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party is in a period of decline. “Half of the party’s MLAs have already departed, and the remainder are on the verge of leaving,” he continued.
He stated of the Shiromani Akali Dal, ” “During their tenure, they were unable to stand their ground because to sacrilege incidents in 2015 and the punishment meted out by the public as a result of no action taken against them. Furthermore, farmers will not forgive them for supporting agricultural regulations, even though they afterwards altered their minds.”
The Punjab Lok Congress will share seats with the BJP, according to Amarinder Singh, who also stated that the BJP is in talks with Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. Mr Singh expressed the expectation that seats would be decided shortly and that the incoming administration will preserve the state’s interests at all costs.