Expressing doubts about the survival of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain (retd.) Amarinder Singh on Monday said he was not sure how long the people of Punjab would tolerate the AAP government.
“We have to be battle-ready and whenever the occasion demands we will fight it,” he said here, at his maiden press conference after joining the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).
He said it was shameful for a government that came into power just six months ago to bring a vote of confidence. “That means you have already lost the confidence in your own people,” he taunted the AAP leadership, adding that there was no governance in Punjab.
Replying to a question on the law-and-order situation and the rocket-propelled grenade attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in May this year, Capt. Singh said, it was a disgrace that enemies could strike in Mohali, so close to Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.
He said concerted efforts between the State and the Central governments were needed to tackle multiple issues, particularly the threat to national security. But, he added, the AAP government had taken to confrontation with the Centre, which was not good for the State.
He said he had a mission to accomplish after joining the BJP. “I have a mission to accomplish and that is to work for the interest of the State and the country,” the former Chief Minister said.