SAD accuses Congress of 'cheap publicity stunts'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2014 21:35 IST

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday ridiculed the Punjab Congress for trying to disrupt the Vidhan Sabha's winter session by deciding to bring a no-confidence motion, "which was doomed to fail."

The SAD also questioned the logic behind such "cheap publicity stunts", asserting that if this was the stand of the state Congress, the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government should have resigned many times over.

In a statement here, senior SAD ministers, including Sikander Singh Maluka, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, said this was not the first time that the Punjab Congress was attempting to disrupt the assembly session.

On the summons issued to revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, the ministers said no meaning could be read into this exercise as the Congress' background machinations to attempt to implicate the minister in a drug case, unearthed by the Punjab Police, were clear.

"The druglord who made false allegations against Majithia had old links with members of the Punjab Congress and was used by the party to malign the minister," they said.

The ministers said instead of appreciating the good work done by the Punjab Police on the drug front, certain state Congress leaders had done their best to implicate Majithia and even approached the high court, but they did not meet with any success, with their plea being dismissed as it smacked of political mischief.

"The latest move to introduce a no-confidence motion smacks of political frustration and will meet the fate it deserves," the SAD leaders said.

The ministers also asked the state Congress to follow a uniform code of ethics in politics. They said if merely the summoning of a minister for questioning by a central agency was enough to ask for the government's resignation, then the UPA government should have resigned several times during both its terms in office as a number of its ministers were even put behind bars.

"The state Congress should tell the people of Punjab whether it asked its central leadership to part ways with the DMK following the 2G scam. The Congress did not choose to leave governance even when its leader Suresh Kalmadi was indicted in the Commonwealth Games scam. Even seniormost Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, have been summoned in the National Herald case and Dr Manmohan Singh has been summoned in the coal scam case. Will this party of scams and scamsters advise us what to do in the case of Majithia, against whom no wrongdoing has been proved at all," the leaders added.

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