Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday dismissed differences with the party high command on the passage of GST Bill in Parliament.
“At times different issues crop up at state and central levels and our stand depend on our respective priorities,” he said, while emphasising that the GST is important for debt-ridden Punjab as it will help revenue.
Talking to reporters before the bhog ceremony of party leader Chaudhary Jagjit Singh on Sunday, Amarinder said the Congress had valid reason to stall proceedings in Parliament over the issue of the removal of tainted leaders of the BJP.
He added that the GST Bill was important for Punjab as it is reeling under a debt of Rs 1.25 lakh crore and the state was not in a position to meet its statutory obligations. “My saying something while keeping in view the interest of Punjab does not mean I have any differences with my high command.”
Commenting on reports of government trying to hush up the case of the seizure of detonators from an Akali leader’s vehicle, Amarinder said it is serious and needs to be probed.
He did not rule out the possibility of CM Badal’s tacit approval for the same. “I know Badal quite well. He can resort to such games the moment he realises that power is slipping out of his hands,” he said.
On CPS Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s hunger strike in Amritsar, the Amritsar MP said, “I agree with her. It is not only the BJP MLAs, even those from the Akali Dal have to resort to protests and dharnas against the discrimination they are meted out.”
He made it clear that he had never met any of the BJP leaders. He added that he had met Narendra Modi when both of them were CMs.
When asked about Badal accusing him of spreading rumours about Akali legislators keen in joining the Congress, Amarinder said, “Let Badal stay blessed in his voluntary ignorance, but not only Akali legislators, some senior Jathedars are also in touch with us and asking us to get rid of the Badals at the earliest.”
He added that Akali leaders, legislators and workers are disillusioned with the Badals as they (the Badals) had kept everything with themselves while ignoring everyone else.