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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, November 18, 2012
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today reacted sharply to the Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's remarks in which she had advised the SAD patron-in-chief and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to "mind his own business and keep away from the Delhi Sikh affairs".

"Will someone please go and tell Delhi CM that Sikh affairs are very much a business of the Sikhs and her government should stay away from the internal  religious matters of the Sikh community" Sukhbir said adding that Sheila instead should use her position to ensure better law and order in Delhi.

Punjab deputy CM said by openly talking about an issue which concerns our shrines, Sheila Dikshit has only confirmed Badal's observation that the Congress government in Delhi is indeed interfering in the religious affairs of the Sikhs".

Sukhbir further said that he was amazed at the Delhi chief minister after she chose to speak on what is essentially a religious affair of the Sikh community.

Deputy CM said: "May I ask Delhi CM if she considers herself above the Prime Minister to whom Parkash Singh Badal's communication was addressed."

The Prime Minister is yet to respond to the Punjab chief minister's concerns, but Sheila Dikshit in her wisdom, seems to believe she can pre-empt the PM also, said Sukhbir.