Amritsar : Firing yet another salvo at Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Thursday alleged that BJP leader was not even loyal to his party and was part of a group which wanted to restrict BJP tally to 160 seats to queer the pitch for its PM candidate Narendra Modi.
Former Punjab Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar claimed that people like Jaitley and few others hope that in case BJP got less than 160 seats it will be difficult for Modi to become the PM.
“People of Amritsar would like Jaitley to clarify these charges against him”, he said in a statement here, adding, “a man who cannot be loyal to his own party and own leader cannot be loyal to people of Amritsar either”.
However, Singh said that Jaitley and his club will not need to really work that hard to keep the party’s tally below 160, saying he would guarantee BJP will not cross 150 seats even. The senior Congress leader also had a dig at the Akalis by calling them ‘self professed and proclaimed patrons’ of Jaitley.
He advised the ‘over-excited’ Akali leaders to first ask Jaitley whether he was really interested and serious about winning Amritsar lest it subverted his ‘160 club’ plan. “In any case he (Jaitley) is not going to win from Amritsar and hence my advice to you is not to try to be more loyal than the king”, he advised the Akalis.
Amarinder said, it was perfectly in accordance with the ‘160 club’ game plan that the senior leaders of the party like L K Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Jaswant Singh were humiliated and being pruned out. BJP leaders however dismissed the talk of ‘160 club’. “There is a Modi wave and we are working to cross the target of 272 seats,” a senior BJP leader said. Amarinder warned Jaitley against seeking political mileage by raking up an old issue of Operation Bluestar.
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