Questioning the BJP "silence" on the Balwant Singh Rajoana issue, Congress today accused the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of supporting the bandh called by different Sikh organisations in protest against his scheduled execution.
"Why is the BJP silent (on the issue of Rajaona)...they should clear their stand...its a serious matter...the government is backing the bandh call, " Leader of the Opposition Sunil Kumar Jakhar said in the state assembly during Zero Hour.
He asked the BJP to clarify how long it will be a partner of SAD in Punjab. "A red alert has been sounded in the state...saffron flags are forcibly fixed at top of houses of people....where is the freedom of the people, " he said.
Taking strong exception to the absence of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, he questioned, "With Badal not here, who is the custodian of the House."
The Congress will not remain silent on the issue of law and order in the state, he said.
He alleged that a SAD MLA NK Sharma was seen on Tuesday evening while helping protesters prepare for the bandh call.
Jakhar's remarks resulted in arguments between treasury and opposition members.
Intervening in the matter, information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia asked the Congress not to make it a big issue as "all legislators are in favour of maintaining peace and communal harmony in the state".
Seeking to clarify allegations against SAD MLA Sharma, he said that the MLA was in fact requesting the protesters on Tuesday evening to maintain law and order.