Akali-BJP alliance a sham, says Manpreet Singh Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 28, 2015 09:45 IST

People's Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday said the "repeated humiliation" of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal by senior BJP leaders and ministers has reduced the Akali Dal-BJP alliance to just a façade.

"Some days ago, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had virtually indicted the Badal government on drug issue. On Friday, there was a showdown between the chief minister and Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot in full public view at the state-level function to mark International Day against Drugs in Hoshiarpur," said Manpreet.

"One fails to understand why the Akali Dal and the BJP haven't parted ways yet. There's no common ground between the two except the politics of opportunism, crony capitalism and political survival," he added.

He said it was just unbelievable that a senior politician like Badal was facing such humiliation at the hands of BJP leaders and that too publicly. "Rather than joining issues with Gehlot, the respectable way out for Badal would have been to call off the alliance," said Manpreet.

The PPP said in case the Akali Dal was so confident of providing good governance and the so called claims of taking the state to higher orbit of development were true, it's difficult to understand what prevented Badal from opting for snap polls.

"Moreover, Punjab is being constantly ignored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on every issue. Our chief minister finds it difficult to even meet him. The state has never faced such discrimination before and now even the people are realising it," said Manpreet.

He said the differences between the Akali Dal and the BJP are out in the open as the BJP was going ahead with its campaign to make Punjab drug free while Akali leaders have termed it as a malicious move to malign the state.

He said one now has to see how much more embarrassment Akali leaders will suffer at the hands of their alliance partner.

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