The BJP had announced Arun Jaitley’s morning walk as part of his Sunday schedule in Amritsar. It proved an invitation to Capt Amarinder Singh, who turned up with a Congress team in a tactical move to steal Jaitley’s thunder. Jaitley is a regular morning walker; Amarinder isn’t.
Amarinder reached Company Bagh shortly after Jaitley had arrived with BJP minister Anil Joshi. As each leader’s supporters raised slogans for him, the two shook hands and spoke to each other pleasantly. This came after a bitter war of words. Amarinder recently called Jaitley a “pseudo-Punjabi”, an “outsider” and an “alien”, and questioned his abilities as a lawyer and a politician. Jaitley, for his part, called Amarinder “rude’, “impolite” and the “discredited captain of a sinking ship”.
Later, Amarinder told reporters that his objective had been “to have an informal meeting with the people and have a neutral and honest feedback”. Jaitley, asked if he saw that as an attempt to steal his show, said, “It is a public place. Anyone can go there for a walk. But it is better if a regular walker goes there.”