Punjab’s chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh took to Twitter to denounce Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “frivolous statements” and trying to drive a difference between him and his party (Congress). PM Modi said that “the Congress does not even consider their CM their own” in Punjab.
The Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, on the other hand, sarcastically asked the PM on Twitter whether the party high command had directly complained to him about it. “Who told you that @narendramodi ji? Not me for sure. Did the @INCIndia high command complain to you against me?” tweeted the Punjab CM. PM Modi had also added that Amarinder “marches on, like an independent soldier”. The Punjab CM did not take his take his words graciously and warned Modi against making such “frivolous” statements. “Anyways, let me make it clear that such frivolous statements won’t help you create a wedge between me and my party, which has full faith in my leadership & vice versa,” said Amarinder to PM Modi.
The Congress party’s Punjab unit also took a jibe yesterday at PM Modi, saying that by calling Amarinder an “independent soldier”, the PM was acknowledging that “free and democratic culture” dominating in the Congress unlike in the BJP. The Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said yesterday that “This is quite contrary to the autocratic and dictatorial culture prevailing in the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) under Modi, where saner and seasoned voices like those of L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha have either been silenced or banished to the Marg Darshak Mandal”. Jakhar was referring to the fact that both the Sinhas, as well as BJP loyalists like Advani and Joshi have been publicly given short shrift currently by the party high command.