Captain Amarinder Singh dares Arun Jaitley to contest in Amritsar bypoll

Amarinder Singh says the contest would serve as a referendum on demonetisation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:December 1, 2016 9:04 pm
Newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Friday. Anil Sharma Amarinder Singh says the contest would serve as a referendum on demonetisation. (file photo)

Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh Thursday dared Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to contest in the Amritsar bypoll, saying that it would serve as a referendum on demonetisation. The bypoll was necessitated on the account of Amarinder Singh resigning from his Lok Sabha membership in protest against the Supreme Court order on the Sutlej Yamuna link canal issue. The Election Commission is yet to annouce dates for the bypoll.

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In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Singh won the Amritsar seat by a handsome margin of over 1 lakh votes over Jaitley, who finished second. Jaitley replaced cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu as the BJP candidate from Amritsar, but failed to retain the seat despite support from alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal.

Sidhu recently resigned from the party despite being nominated to the Rajya Sabha and went on to form a political front — Awaaz-e-Punjab — with the Bains brothers to campaign against SAD.  Sidhu, however, dissolved the front after the Bains brothers joined AAP. His wife Najvot Kaur Sidhu also resigned as the party’s MLA and joined Congress. Amarinder Singh said Sidhu would campaign from the Congress in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections, but did not spell out whether he would join the party.

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    Indus
    Dec 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm
    I think if Jaitley has an iota of courage left with him ,he should take the challenge.But Jaitley is a coward. He won't take it.for sure
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      Ompuri
      Dec 1, 2016 at 9:48 pm
      Jaitley was third rated lawyer now fooling indians like s. He has no mandate from people in democratic fashion. He is just a brainless stooge for gujrati Mafia running india like a cartel. Only adanis and Ambanis are laughing looking at poor indians queuing like goats to get their own money.
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        Ashoke
        Dec 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm
        By the way, from where Mr. Arun Jhutley has been elected to become a MP leading to occupy the chair of Finance Minister?
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          avi
          Dec 2, 2016 at 12:30 am
          Captain is another Kajriwal looking for power. Badals have clouded and totally overcast Punjab with their own enterprises to make money !
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            dd
            Dec 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm
            Why should he? Just to time p?
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              IML sood
              Dec 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm
              By the way FM is a RS member now,no question of disturbing his position but Amrinder will become dude after Panjab election.
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                IML sood
                Dec 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                Let Amrinder save himself from the shock he is about to get in coming embly elections in Panjab. He will not even get a hiding place while FM will remain safe in his place.
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                  mumbikar
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm
                  Capt is wasting his time. chusley only comes through back doors, and if u leave the window open, he will come through there as well !!
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