Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the SAD's alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana, while sharing power with the BJP in Punjab, not only betrayed their moral bankruptcy but also amounted to political perversion that had hardly any parallel in the history and politics across India.
Reacting to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal's assertions that the INLD and Akalis would form the government in Haryana, Amarinder dared them to clarify their stand on various inter-state issues with Haryana, like the transfer of Chandigarh and the sharing of river waters before leading the INLD-SAD campaign there.
Amarinder observed that the Badals' decision to align with the INLD in Haryana was his personal as he had not taken the SAD into confidence about it. "Though we all know that the Badals are running the SAD like any of their privately owned profit-making companies, such political decisions are usually taken after consultations in the party's highest decision-making body," he said, adding that "the father and son did not bother to do the formality (of taking approval from the party) even".
The senior Congress leader said, "Nevertheless, it is the internal 'family' matter of the Badals, they still owe an explanation to the people of Punjab as to how can they be the alliance partners of a party in Punjab while opposing the same party in the immediate neighbourhood. "Doesn't it reflect the dual character?" he asked.
Amarinder said the people of Punjab would like to know Badals' stand on various issues, like the sharing of waters and transfer of Chandigarh on which the INLD and Akalis had opposite stands. "I can understand that Badals may have family and business commitments with the Chautalas in Haryana but should that mean they can compromise the interests of Punjab," he asked.