“Give Him (Kejriwal) Rs 5,000…”: Punjab Chief Minister’s Dig, And A Reply


Arvind Kejriwal called upon the Congress to fulfill its pre-poll promises in Punjab (File)

New Delhi:

A scathing remark by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi – he said his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal should be given Rs 5,000 to get a “suit-boot” – invited a scathing reply from the AAP leader, who then called the ruling Congress Focused on track record ahead of next year’s election

“sixteen SirYou don’t like my clothes. Never mind… (but) leave the clothes. When will you fulfill these promises,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted – a reference to the promises made before the 2017 election.

“When will you give employment to every unemployed, when will you waive the loans of farmers, why will you not send the culprits of sacrilege (referring to the sacrilege case of 2015) when will action be taken against the tainted ministers, MLAs and officials?”

Earlier Mr Channi – who had replaced Amarinder Singh last month – was asked by news channel ABP about Mr Kejriwal’s remarks that the Congress had made a “Spectacle: (joke)” of Punjab.

Mr Channi responded by asking whether Mr Kejriwal doesn’t have a “suit-boot” – a reference to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling BJP.

“Do you have Rs 5,000? Everyone has. Give him (Mr. Kejriwal) too… At least he can get nice clothes… Can’t he get suit-boots? His salary is Rs 2,50,000 Can’t he get nice clothes,” she said.

During a visit to Chandigarh last month, Mr Kejriwal told reporters that the Congress leadership crisis in the state was “unfortunate” and that “Punjab has been reduced to Spectacle:“.

He told reporters, “People don’t know where to go. The Punjab Chief Minister should fulfill the promises made by Captain Amarinder Singh and take action against the tainted ministers, MLAs and officials. The masterminds of the 2015 sacrilege incidents have been booked. should be done.”

AAP and Congress are face to face in the assembly elections to be held next year.

Mr. Kejriwal has frequently visited Punjab and has promised big incentives to the people if they vote for the AAP, which includes Free electricity (up to 300 units) and discounts on past bills.

“It is Kejriwal’s promise, not Captain’s (Amarinder Singh). We fulfill our promises. Captain’s promises have not been fulfilled even after five years,” he announced in Chandigarh in June.

The Congress is at its peak in Punjab after a long-standing bitter feud between Amarinder Singh and party’s state president Navjot Sidhu last month.

Mr. Singh declares himself “humiliated” More quit because of the constant need of his rival and lack of support from the Congress high command (who has backed Mr. Sidhu).

Several sharp questions by Navjot Sidhu, who lashed out at Amarinder Singh, were related to the questions raised by Kejriwal in his tweet today, including the delay in justice for those killed during police action. Insult of Sikh religious texts in 2015.