Punjab BJP slams Amarinder over ‘Chitta Ravan’ effigy issue

Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla said the former Chief Minister was now depending upon effigies to save his "political existence" rather than telling people about his plans for the state, adding that he is "scared" of losing the polls for the third time.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published:October 16, 2016 8:31 pm

Punjab BJP on Sunday slammed Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh over ‘Chitta Ravan’ effigy issue and said that he was now taking the help of effigies as the party has no “concrete issue” to discuss ahead of the assembly polls.

Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla said the former Chief Minister was now depending upon effigies to save his “political existence” rather than telling people about his plans for the state, adding that he is “scared” of losing the polls for the third time.

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“Amarinder was earlier having coffees on stage (coffee with Captain) and then he went to Halka (Halke vich Captain) and now he is seeking the help of effigies,” Sampla said. Congress has no “issue” to take up and therefore, Amarinder had to follow the instructions of a poll strategist, he said apparently referring to Prashant Kishor. “Congress is working as per the agenda fixed by a poll  strategist and as a result of which, it was enacting a drama every day rather than doing something on concrete issues,” he added.

The state unit of Congress had yesterday announced that it will burn an effigy of ‘Chitta Ravan’ in Ludhiana to draw Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention to the drug menace in the state during his visit to the industrial city on October 18.

Besides, the party and its workers would also burn the  ‘Chitta Ravans’ in all the 117 Assembly constituencies of the state tomorrow. Modi will address industrialists at an event in the city on October 18. ‘Chitta’ means drugs in colloquial language. “Had Congress worked for the benefit of people during its regime, then it should not have faced consecutive defeat in polls,” said Sampla. He said burning the effigy of Ravan on Dusshera is areligious tradition and accused the Congress of trying to make “fun” of it.

“Now Amarinder is scared of losing the polls for the third time and that is why he was taking the help of effigies to save his political existence,” said Sampla.

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