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'Badal betrayed Sant Longowal; sabotaged Rajiv-Longowal accord'

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of sabotaging the Rajiv-Longowal accord and betraying Akali leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 24, 2011 22:21 IST

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of sabotaging the Rajiv-Longowal accord and betraying Akali leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

Singh alleged that Badal acted to suit his personal political ambitions and betrayed Longowal apart from sabotaging the accord.

The eleven-point memorandum was signed between former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and late Akali leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal in 1985. It recognised the religious, territorial and economic demands of the Sikhs.

"Had he (Badal) not betrayed Longowal and sabotaged the accord, we would have been spared from the bloodshed that took place subsequently, besides the brutal assassination of Sant Longowal," he said on Sunday during the occasion of the twenty-sixth anniversary of the accord.

The former chief minister asked Badal to come clean on the issue and explain the reason behind withdrawing support after initially backing Longowal.