Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has responded to the announcement by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa that the government will launch an inquiry to find ISI links of Pakistani woman Aroosa Alam. Alam has been frequently visiting Punjab to meet Amarinder Singh for nearly two decades, triggering speculations over her relationship with the former Punjab CM.
Singh said, “So now you’re resorting to personal attacks @Sukhjinder_INC. One month after taking over this is all you have to show to the people. What happened to your tall promises on Bargari & drugs cases? Punjab is still waiting for your promised action.”
He added, “As for who sponsored Aroosa’s visa, of course I did, for 16 years. And FYI, @Sukhjinder_INC, requests for such visas are sent by Indian HC to @MEAIndia, which gets them cleared by RAW & IB before approving. And that’s what happened in this case every time.”
He concluded, “What’s more @Sukhjinder_INC, a detailed inquiry was conducted in 2007, when I was no longer CM, by NSA on orders of then UPA PM before granting visa to Aroosa Alam. You still want to waste Punjab’s resources on this? I’ll help you with whatever you need.”
Amarinder Singh’s media advisor, Raveen Thukral, even shared a photo of Aroosa Alam with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
According to ANI, Randhawa on Friday and, “They’re (Capt Amarinder Singh) now saying that there’s threat from ISI. We’ll look into the woman’s connection with it (ISI). Capt kept raising drones issue coming from Pakistan for last 4.5 yrs.”
Singh had to resign as the chief minister of Punjab amidst a bitter feud with Sidhu, who was appointed as the head of Punjab Congress ahead of the next year’s assembly polls.
Singh later announced that he would float a new party and strike an alliance with the BJP for the assembly polls.
Aroosa Alam is a Pakistani journalist, who has frequently visited Singh in Punjab in the past. She had even attended Amarinder Singh’s oath-taking ceremony in 2017.