It is now the turn of the Congress to step into the tussle between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP, with the suggestion that "instead of poking each other, the allies should take concrete action to show their seriousness towards the allegations that the two have levelled against each other".
Addressing reporters here on Friday, Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa said if the BJP was serious in its claims of involvement of Akali leaders in the drug mafia, it should demand a CBI inquiry into it.
"With an NDA government at the Centre, what is stopping the state BJP leadership from asking for a CBI inquiry? I have no objections if my party or anyone else is brought under the ambit of the inquiry," Bajwa said while referring to the allegations of the BJP linking the Akalis with the drug cartels operating in Punjab.
Saying his party had all along accused the Akalis of being in league with the drug, wine, cable and sand mafias, the Congress leader said that at least now, Badals and company could not dismiss this allegation. The Badals needed to come clean on it, he added.
On the allegations of corruption and nepotism levelled against local bodies minister Anil Joshi, Bajwa asked the Akalis to approach the state lokpal. If the Akalis were serious about their accusations, they must move the lokpal with proof, he added.
He termed the SAD and BJP as two sides of the same coin saying he doubted their intentions and integrity. As leaders of both parties were neck-deep in corruption and hand-in-glove in certain deals, they would prefer to sit on their allegations, he added.
On chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu's suggestions that the BJP should part company with the SAD, Bajwa advised her to first quit as CPS and then make this suggestion. He felt that the Sidhus only wanted to hog the media limelight and had never taken any concrete steps for the cause of Amritsar.
Bajwa reiterated that the two parties were "playing a friendly match" which was part of a larger plan for the 2017 assembly polls, when the Akalis would revert to the "Sikh agenda" and the BJP to the "Hindu agenda" for getting votes as by then the two would have nothing to project before the electorate. After the polls, the two might again join hands with a view to forming the government, he claimed.
"This is a dangerous game plan and could polarise Punjabis and cause a communal divide," he warned while referring to reports that the RSS was planning to increase its influence in Punjab.