Amarinder trashes BJP leaders' criticism of Hoshiarpur incident, terms it 'political puffery'

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], October 24 (ANI): Trashing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leadership's attack on his government over the Hoshiarpur rape-murder case, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday termed the remarks of Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar as political puffery, with no substance or basis to support their criticism.

Contrary to what these leaders were claiming, there was no comparison between the Hoshiarpur and the Hathras cases, said Captain Amarinder, pointing out in the latter instance, the Uttar Pradesh government and police did not only fail to initiate stern action but in fact was seemingly trying to cover up the matter to benefit the upper-caste accused.

This, he said, was in sharp contrast to the prompt action taken by the Punjab Police, who immediately arrested the accused and were now preparing to file the challan within a week. He himself had directed the DGP to ensure that the case is fast-tracked by the courts to ensure strict and exemplary action for the accused, said the Chief Minister.

Ridiculing the BJP leaders' criticism of the "silence of the Congress leadership on the Hoshiarpur case", Captain Amarinder pointed out that his party had been forced to speak up and protest in the Hathras case because the state had failed to get justice for the Dalit girl there.

"Had the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh responded as effectively and speedily as we did in Punjab, neither the Congress nor scores of NGOs, lawyers, human rights activists would have been forced to take to the streets to fight for the victim," he added.

The 'selective politics and selective outrage' charge, which Sitharaman made against Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, was, in fact, completely apt for the BJP, said the Chief Minister. No BJP leader had uttered a word in protest against the acts of omission and commission of the UP government and police in the Hathras case when the entire nation was angry, he said, slamming the party over its politically motivated reaction to the Hoshiarpur incident. (ANI)