Twitter sparks up with spat between Kejriwal and Amarinder after AAP's Punjab manifesto release

On Monday social media witnessed an interesting albeit fierce war of words between Punjab Congress party chief Captain Amarinder Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In fact the war on Twitter started on 23 October, after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Kejriwal released a 22-point election manifesto in Ludhiana and promised the voters of Punjab a slew of measures to revive the declining economy of the state.

Kejriwal in his manifesto promised cut in VAT and other taxes, special package to industry, tax holidays, to do away with ‘No Objection Certificates’ (NoCs), make trade, industry and transport sector corruption-free, and end ‘goonda-raj and inspector-raj’.

Reacting sharply to the manifesto and dismissing slew of promises made by Delhi CM to Punjab’s trade and industry, Amarindar said it was another theatrical gimmick by Kejriwal that lacks substance. Taking a jibe on Kejriwal, he said, “In Delhi, Kejriwal hiked VAT twice, increased toll taxes and now he speaks of lowering taxes in Punjab.”

“Like older manifestos, once again Kejriwal states the obvious and exposes his intellectual bankruptcy in crafting actual solutions for Punjab,” Amarinder said in his tweet.

Speaking to Firstpost, vice president of Punjab Congress, Kewal Singh Dhillon said, “Arvind Kejriwal through his manifesto is fooling the people of Punjab. He’s promising Punjab’s trade and industry that he would strengthen state’s economy by reducing VAT and other taxes. Let’s not forget in August 2016, FICCI wrote to AAP minister Gopal Rai that due to their policy small industries would shift out of Delhi. ”

Amarinder too has quoted FICCI in his tweet to make a scathing attack on Kejriwal.

Regarding the farmers’ loan waiver scheme offered both by the Congress and the AAP, Dhillon, the former industry minister of Punjab quipped, “Kejriwal doesn’t have anything new to offer to the Punjab voters. He has no new idea and is just replicating agenda and promises made by the Congress. People of Punjab have understood his ulterior motive.”

War of words: Capt Amarinder vs Arvind Kejriwal

Both Amarinder and Kejriwal have attacked one another with allegations and counter-allegations.

Levelling serious charges against Amarinder and Bikram Singh Majithia, revenue minister in Punjab (SAD-BJP) government, Kejriwal has alleged that the Badals closed corruption cases against Amarinder and Majithia’s drug money has been pumped into Congress (Amarinder’s) campaign.

In his counter response Amarinder tweeted and asked Kejriwal to keep his house in order. He even brought in Donald Trump in the loop in his tweet.

Capt Amarinder accused Kejriwal of his ‘shoot & scoot’ politics and challenged the latter to face him for a public debate.

Accepting Amarinder’s challenge, Kejriwal tweeted:

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Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 20:18:15 IST