Kharar, Apr 21 : Even as he lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to destroy India’s unique strength of diversity with their divisive politics, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday denied being soft on the Badals and asserted that he would not spare anyone found guilty, as per law, of any crime against the people of his state.
Even if Prakash Singh Badal is found guilty, he will be punished, said Captain Amarinder, but reiterated that he would follow the due process of law, in accordance with constitutional norms. They will have to face the consequences of their actions, if found responsible, he added.
“I believe in the Constitution and the rule of law, and am totally against politics of vendetta,” he declared, pointing out that even in his previous term, it was not he but the courts that had put Badal behind the bars.
The Chief Minister expressed his anger and anguish at the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya against a distinguished police officer like Hemant Karkare. What the Sadhvi said was totally unacceptable, he said, also lashing out at the BJP for politicization of the armed forces, who are fighting for the nation as a neutral and united force.
Sitting under a peepal tree in Village Chauhr Majra, Kharar, a little less than 20 kms from Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh took a wide range of questions received on Twitter and directly from people who had come to take part in the #TwitterChaupal organized in association with @TwitterIndia.
The #CaptainDiChaupal saw people from all walks of life, and from regions as far as Ludhiana, brave the afternoon heat to question their chief minister on a variety of subjects, ranging from agriculture to education, health, politics, sports and infrastructure, and of course some personal ones. The Chief Minister responded to all the questions in his usual candid and forthright manner.
Had he not been in politics, he would have remained in the Army and would by now have retired from there, said Captain Amarinder, in response to an interesting question tweeted by his young party colleague, Sachin Pilot.
And, no, he did not have any national aspirations, and had always wanted to remain in Punjab politics, he responded to another personal Twitter question, pointing out that the two times he had become member of Parliament he had resigned in the interest of Punjab.
“My only wish is that everyone in Punjab should be happy, the state should be free of drugs and unemployment, there should be prosperity. That is my ideal Punjab and if we get the time, we will ensure that this dream is achieved.” said the Chief Minister.
Asked if he would contest again in 2022, the Chief Minister said he hoped the ideal Punjab would have become a reality by the time his current term ends, and he would be able to hand the reins to the young generation, unless the state still needs him in three years, he added.