Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he wanted to float his own party due to differences within the Congress but never wanted to join the BJP.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday categorically denied having ever toyed with the idea of joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) due to differences within the Congress.
Calling it a `misrepresentation' of facts, the Chief Minister brushed aside reports that he wanted to join the BJP. Amarinder Singh added that though he wanted to float his own party due to differences within the Congress, the thought of joining the BJP never crossed his mind.
In a conversation with Suhel Seth at a function to mark the Delhi launch of his book on the Saragarhi battle and the unveiling of his biography 'The People's Maharaja,' the Chief Minister did not shy from speaking his mind on controversial subjects like the alleged Khalistani leanings of the Canadian defence minister and the `human shield' action of an Indian Army officer in Kashmir.
He stuck to his stand on Khalistani support in the Canadian government and said the Justin Trudeau dispensation had several members who were Khalistani supporters.
Captain Amarinder also reiterated his support for Major Nitin Gogoi, saying he took the right decision to protect the lives of his own men. The officer did a great job and "I think the entire Indian Army supports him and he should be given a distinguished services medal," he said.