Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were engaged in a war of words on Twitter with the former daring the AAP chief to contest against him in the upcoming Punjab polls.
“So, you are fighting me, not Badals/drugs. Badals also say they will fight against me. You and Badals wish to fight against me not against each other,” Kejriwal, who is also the Aam Aadmi Party’s national convener, tweeted.
It was Kejriwal who first threw open the challenge to Amarinder , asking him he would contest any family member of the ruling Badal clan including Punjab sitting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Badal or revenue minister Bikram Majithia. “Sir, r u fighting against Prakash Badal ji or sukhbir Badal or Majithia or safe seat? (sic)” asked Kejriwal.
“Always knew your screeching in Punjab was pure drama! Now that you’ve conceded, apologise for your months of lies & false personal commitments,” Amarinder said on Twitter.
His reply came after Kejriwal said, “I m not fighting punjab elex. So, ur challenge hollow. We r fighting Badals/Majithia, who sunk Punjab in drugs. N u r fighting us, not them?”
The Twitter war started with Aam Aadmi Party nominating former journalist and Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh to contest against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi constituency. Amarinder termed Jarnail as a “weak candidate” and alleged that AAP was “colluding” with the Badals.
“Jarnail’s nomination bid from Lambi shows AAP-SAD collusion to ensure Badal’s victory. Reeks of an underhand deal!” the PCC chief tweeted.
Meanwhile, Amrinder Singh accused the Badals and Kejriwal of striking an “underhand deal” for the upcoming state Assembly polls, saying AAP’s nomination of Jarnail Singh from Lambi constituency against Parkash Singh Badal “appeared to be a ploy” to ensure latter’s victory. “It was a clear case of collusion between the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party. Jarnail Singh was a complete non-entity, with no standing in Punjab,” Amarinder said.