New fronts will only benefit SAD-BJP: Arun Jaitley

Jaitley said BJP was well-prepared to contest the elections in Punjab with ally SAD as this alliance has won the past two elections and is ready for a hattrick.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published:September 19, 2016 5:38 am
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UNION FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said formation of new political fronts in Punjab will ultimately benefit the SAD-BJP alliance in the coming assembly elections.

He said this when questioned about the formation of Awaaz-e-Punjab by former BJP MP Navjot Sidhu, former SAD MLA Pargat Singh and Independent MLAs Bains brothers.

The Union Finance Minister added political equations are changing in Punjab and opposition parties are disintegrating, which will only help BJP and SAD in the elections. “And this front (Awaaz-e-Punjab) is yet to declare its programme. What that forum does is still to be seen.” he said.

Jaitley said BJP was well-prepared to contest the elections in Punjab with ally SAD as this alliance has won the past two elections and is ready for a hattrick.

Describing the central government’s performance since coming to power in 2014 as “very good”, Jaitley said the SAD-BJP alliance will contest the polls “on the basis of performance and achievements of both the Narendra Modi and the Parkash Singh Badal-led governments”.

“The SAD-BJP combine will fight the Punjab polls on the basis of the performance and achievements of both the governments (Centre and Punjab),” he told reporters here.

On the question of BJP being on the defensive even as Sidhu and his MLA wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, have been attacking the party, he said Sidhu had already chosen his path and there was no need to comment on him. About Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who is still in BJP, he said she, too, has to decide her path.

Relying about a question on AAP, he said it has formed the worst-ever government in Delhi after independence and people of Punjab must be cautious as every day some minister of the party is caught in a scandal.

He refused to comment on BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy that he (Swamy) would have been a better Finance minister than Jaitley.

The Union Finance Minister rubbished allegations that “political persons” were being shielded in the multi-crore drug racket issue in Punjab as “baseless”.

Jaitley was in Jalandhar to inuagurate a StartUp school at the Lovely Professional University (LPU). During his address at the university, he emphasised on the need of think globally and develop business idea to capture global markets.