Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh for accusing him of “passing black laws” (the three farm laws) in the national capital.
Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Kejriwal said, “How can he do such low-level politics in this fragile situation?”
Kejriwal took the opportunity to remind Amarinder Singh that it is not the prerogative of the state governments to implement central laws. “Had it been so, why would farmers of the country hold talks with the Centre and not with their respective chief ministers? The day the three farm laws attained President’s assent, they were applicable throughout the country,” Kejriwal said.
The Delhi CM trained his guns at Captain Amarinder Singh during the press meet. “The reason Captain sahib is upset me is that we did not allow the nine stadiums in Delhi to be converted into jails. The Centre had plans to put the farmers in these stadiums. They are upset with me because I didn’t give permission for converting these stadiums into jails,” he said.
On Tuesday, Captain Amarinder Singh had criticised the Aam Aadmi Party for issuing a notification to implement the “draconian” farm laws in Delhi. He blamed AAP for indulging in political games to further its electoral agenda. “Quite clearly, the AAP had been working behind the farmers’ backs all these days,” Amarinder Singh claimed.