Amarinder Singh discusses his “inheritance” of satisfying his 2017 pronouncement guarantees, spreads out plans for his new party, says he accepts Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi have developed into their Cong job, and rehashes his feelings of trepidation for Punjab security. This meeting was directed by Resident Editor Manraj Grewal Sharma.
MANRAJ GREWAL SHARMA: You host declared a new get-together, Punjab Lok Congress. Is it just conceived out of hostile to Congressism? What might you call your contract or theory?
A powerful board will plunk down throughout the following several days and choose the wide diagrams, which truly will be the proclamation of the party. We are intense, we won’t leave Punjab adrift. We have dangers from the inside, without, and it is for us to do our digit. I don’t know whether the Congress will be in a situation to do anything the manner in which they are the present moment; everybody is pulling everybody to bits. Furthermore, I don’t confide in the (Shiromani) Akali Dal, which has consistently played ‘twofold’ on these issues… I was around during the development to illegal intimidation, and they played with the two sides… I think there is a spot for us all who feel Punjab ought to be secure, Punjabis ought to be secure.
MANRAJ GREWAL SHARMA: You said you were available to a seat-offering course of action to the BJP, yet the BJP has said it will battle all the 117 Assembly voting demographics in the state. It said there is polarization in Punjab and they desire to progress admirably. Are these inconsistent messages?
We will battle every one of the seats with our partners — regardless of whether in change with the BJP or with Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (a previous Akali Dal pioneer who hosts framed his own get-together). At the point when the BJP said it (that it will challenge every one of the seats), I had not left the Congress… I don’t figure anybody can guarantee that we will win 117 seats… Neither would you be able to anticipate that a national party should say we will battle anything short of 117 seats. They say that, yet they likewise realize that on the off chance that we have partnerships — they are doing it with Dhindsa as well — then, at that point, compromise consistently happens. I likewise said we will target 117 seats… What I implied was that we will battle with whoever is our electing partner.MANRAJ GREWAL SHARMA: As a tactical antiquarian, you have a profound feeling of heritage. How might your union with the BJP be seen, given its traditional philosophy that you have consistently gone against?
I can’t discuss philosophy at a public level, however in Punjab, we don’t have this kind of business. Punjab has confidence in Punjabiyat. We are an extremely liberal society. We all are together — the Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains… We are a territorial party and I’m not looking past that. I’m checking out what we can accomplish for Punjab. Remember, we have a 600-km line with an unfriendly nation, and it is vital that we keep up with great, amicable relations with all networks.