Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh hit back at Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal’s charge that Congress is an anti-national party. Badal in a conference in New Delhi today had said that the Congress is trying to create a situation in Punjab like that of the 80s.
Capt. Amarinder said, “Badal is trying to justify the failure of his govt as far as law and order in the State is concerned. I want to know where is the CM? When Rahul Gandhi can go there and visit door to door in his daughter-in-law’s constituency… this shows the incompetence of the Akalis.”
Amarinder Singh said that cotton crops had been destroyed, farmers are committing suicide, the youth is without job, but where is the CM?
“Badal’s allegation motive is to divert the public opinion,’’ Amarinder said.
If elections are to be held today, Akali’s will not even get a single seat.
“Rahul Gandhi has got no role in it. There is no militancy in Punjab,” Amarinder said.
“We, in Congress, do not need any lessons on patriotism and nationalism from someone like Sukhbir Badal, whose father and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal still takes pride in having burnt the copies of the Constitution of India during Khalistan movement,” Amarinder Singh added.
Referring to the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (religious congregation of Sikhs) held at Amritsar on November 10, Amarinder Singh said the presence of a huge number of people there showed anger against the Badal government and it was not to support Khalistan, as is being projected by Sukhbir Singh Badal and Khalistan protagonist Simranjit Singh Mann together.
On Sukhbir Badal’s claims that he had proof how anti-national resolutions at the Sarbat Khalsa were prepared and passed, Amarinder Singh questioned the deputy chief minister’s capabilities.
“What was he doing as the deputy chief minister and home minister of the state? Does his responsibility finish at blaming the Congress? He should better own the moral responsibility and resign,” Amarinder Singh said.
Amarinder Singh said the Badals (chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Badal and union minister Harsimrat Badal) and their ministers were not even being allowed to go out in the public due to the public ire.
“Sukhbir is only betraying his frustration and congenital obsession of blaming Congress for their own wrongs. It is natural for Sukhbir and his father to feel frustrated that when Rahul Gandhi is hailed and welcomed with open arms across Punjab while going on padyatra, the Badals cannot even dare to venture out lest people thrash them like their ministers,” Amarinder Singh said.
Criticising Sukhbir Singh Badal for the tirade against the Congress party, Amarinder Singh said: “Only a week ago, Sukhbir said that the ISI was behind all the trouble in Punjab. And now, all of a sudden he has woken up to the revelations that Congress was behind all this.”
(Inputs from IANS)