Riots will take place if Modi becomes PM: Amarinder

Last Updated 27 April 2014, 13:19 IST

Attacking Narendra Modi, Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Amarinder Singh today said riots will take place in the country if he becomes the prime minister.

He said, "it was most unlikely that Indian voters can accept such a divisive leader whose only qualification was his presiding over the killing of innocent Muslims in Gujarat."

Amarinder warned that "in case Modi becomes the Prime Minister there is every apprehension of riots taking place."

"Let us not forget the way he began his innings as the Gujarat Chief Minister and God forbid if he becomes the Prime Minister he may repeat the same," he said, adding that "minorities are traumatised and terrorised in Gujarat whether these be the Muslims, Christians or the Sikhs."

The former Punjab chief minister also demanded a thorough inquiry into the suicide committed by Sunny Johar, a close aide of Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia amid the allegations that he had named him (Majithia) in the suicide note.

"Now police are trying to hush-up the matter", he said, adding, "I hope the justice is done into the matter and the guilty should be punished."

He also criticised former Chief of Army Staff Gen V K Singh for allegedly distorting his statement about 1965 War with Pakistan and his role in it purely for political considerations.

Capt Amarinder clarified that he had never said that he had saved Amritsar as it was Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh, the GOC Western Command who had saved it while he was his ADC during the 1965 Indo-Pak War.

Referring to Gen Singh's statement over the delay in "One Rank One Pension", Capt Amarinder said, "It is better to get it than not to get it all."

He said during the last thirty years the Congress was not the only party in power but BJP and other parties had also been in power. "Why didn't they do it? Now when Congress did it they are trying to find flimsy faults." 

Meanwhile, Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said any attempt to drag his name into the issue was scandalous and libellous.

"I may even be constrained to take legal action against anyone who links me with this incident with which I have neither any connection nor knowledge," he said.

Majithia sought an independent and fair investigation into the incident to bring out the truth expeditiously.
(Published 27 April 2014, 12:32 IST)

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