Be careful on Sukhbir’s sweet talk, Punjab is bankrupt: Amarinder
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State Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday cautioned NRIs — who are currently in Punjab to attend the NRI Sammellan organised by the Punjab government — "not to get carried away with the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's lies and confirm and cross-check facts themselves".
Inviting the NRIs for an interaction, Amarinder, in a statement, said: "You are welcome to put forth your point of view with the Congress and also get the right feedback. The government has so much to conceal and that is why they had allowed only selected mediapersons inside the venue."
He added: "I remind the NRIs that Sukhbir Badal and his father had made similar promises five years ago. Nothing had been done on the ground and that is why they did not have the courage to organise an NRI meet for a long time. Now, they may have thought that you have forgotten all the commitments they made and hence, decided to hold a meet."
Claiming that Sukhbir cannot hide reality by presenting a rosy picture before the NRIs, "who know it too well that the state is bankrupt and its debt is out of control," Amarinder said: "If Sukhbir thinks that by making a presentation in a five-star hotel he can hide harsh realities, he is mistaken, as NRIs move around Punjab and are quite aware about the prevailing situation in Punjab."
"Sukhbir was always high on promise and low on delivery. Only a few days ago, the vice-president of the youth wing of his party was arrested for assaulting a police officer and an NRI. Moreover, the same youth Akali Dal leader had grabbed the property of an NRI, on which he built a night club, and the government had not helped the NRI but the Akali leader to grab the property," the statement added.