Punjab’s Amarinder Singh says Manohar Parrikar worst defence minister ever, calls him a joker

Written by | October 21, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has called for the removal of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. In an exclusive to India Today, Amarinder Singh came down heavily on Parrikar calling him the worst defence minister. He said, “In the 40 years that I have been in politics I have never seen a more incompetent defence minister. He is a joker and is absolutely clueless about his job, he should be removed forthwith.”

The former Chief Minister also refused to give any credit to the political leadership of the country for the surgical strikes. “The Army did what it had to do, it avenged the killings of our soldiers. It is not something that has been done for the first time, it has happened earlier too,” he said.

Singh accused the BJP of trying to milk the surgical strikes politically. ” They want to in-cash it in the Uttar Pradesh elections. I’m a soldier and I know what the Army thinks of him. I know that it’s a political move and the BJP is doing a great disservice to the country by trying to politicise the strikes,” he said.

According to Singh, the strikes would boomerang on the Akali government in Punjab. “They forced people to evacuate their villages, leave behind their crops and cattle all for drama, the government will pay dearly for this,” he said.

Amarinder Singh once again offered an olive branch to Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying that he was welcome to join the Congress party but without any pre conditions. “I am neither in touch with him nor his wife , but they are welcome to join, his father was a Congressman after all,” said the former CM.

According to Singh, the strikes would boomerang on the Akali government in Punjab. “They forced people to evacuate their villages, leave behind their crops and cattle all for drama, the government will pay dearly for this,” he said.

Amarinder Singh once again offered an olive branch to Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying that he was welcome to join the Congress party but without any pre conditions. “I am neither in touch with him nor his wife , but they are welcome to join, his father was a Congressman after all,” said the former CM.

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