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Amarinder in London
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
“You tell me the time and I will be available at my home for you, but do not harass my men or conduct raids on our empty houses,” is the message former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has for his successor Parkash Singh Badal.

Talking to The Tribune over the telephone from London, Amarinder Singh expressed dismay over media speculations about his whereabouts.

“I am writing an open letter to Parkash Singh Badal telling him that he has no business in harassing me or my men. If he or his men need me, let them tell me the date and time and I shall be available to them,” rued Amarinder Singh.

As the Punjab Vigilance Bureau started investigations into various deals and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed by the previous Congress government, leaving the shores of India “quietly” by Amarinder Singh and his media adviser Bharat Inder Singh Chahal has raised a controversy. Speculations about their whereabouts were followed by a raid on the house of Chahal in Patiala yesterday.

Though Chief Minister Badal reiterated on the floor of the House that his government would neither pursue vendetta nor victimise any of its political opponents, yet investigations were being conducted leading to unwarranted speculations in the media. Amarinder Singh has taken exception to it.

“All those who needed to be informed were told about my visit to London for my long overdue medical checkup. I am dutybound to inform Congress president Sonia Gandhi, which I did. I also informed leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and chief whip of the party in the Vidhan Sabha Gurmeet Singh Sodhi. I told Bhattal and Sodhi that in case they needed me to be present in the House for an urgent work or for voting, they should inform me and I would be there,” said Amarinder Singh.

“If Badal needs me so badly, let him tell me. I will postpone my medical examination and return to answer whatever he has to ask me,” said Amarinder Singh maintaining that he was not the one who would run away.

“I own responsibility for whatever the Punjab Government did under my leadership. I am not running away.

I am not going to be away forever. But I have every right to get myself medically examined and stay fit and trim. It depends upon my doctors how long they take. I am amazed at the speculations in the media.

“For nine years I have not undergone medical examination. Three years ago I got a stent in my heart in Delhi. I had my gall bladder removed. I have high cholesterol and high sugar. Even before the elections, I had told the Congress president that I needed to go and get myself examined. I informed her before coming to London.

“ My first appointment with my doctors is tomorrow. Now it is for the doctors to decide how long and what tests they want to conduct so that I am fit and fine,” added Amarinder Singh.



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