Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh Tuesday accused the government of carrying out “forcible” evacuation and displacement of border villages and said he would camp in these villages from October 10. “Are we really at war with Pakistan?” said Amarinder, adding, “on the one hand, the Prime Minister was emphasising the need for de-escalation of tension, on the other hand, the poor villagers were being forcibly evicted. Please clarify your stand.”
Amarinder said this while on a tour to border villages in Khem Karan and Tarn Taran area along the India-Pakistan border He said while he and his party had strongly supported the surgical strikes. “We will certainly not support any move that is obviously aimed at the attempts to reap political dividends at the cost of people’s lives and well being”.
The PPCC chief underlined that surgical strikes were carried out across the LoC even during the Congress regime “but nobody tried to take political mileage out of it then”. “We didn’t force people to evacuate their villages for political gain,” he said. Amarinder appealed to people to stay put in their villages and carry on with their harvesting. He said he will also camp with them from October 10.
He told villagers that the Prime Minister and BJP were trying to create war hysteria with an eye on the elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. “Unfortunately, CM Badal is also blindly following Modi’s and BJP’s diktats without bothering how much harassment and difficulties it has caused to people, particularly the farmers whose crop was ready for harvesting.”