The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday hit out indirectly at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), cautioning against some “forces operating with the latest weapons of technology” to “weaken the Sikh community” by sowing “seeds of disunity in the Panthic ranks”. The core committee of the incumbent ruling party of Punjab held a three-hour brainstorming session to discuss a host of political issues in its first meeting after the February 4 assembly polls, results of which will be out on March 11.
Deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal chaired the meeting in the absence of party patriarch and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is on a week-long visit to US for a medical check-up. The primary focus remained on the prospects of the party at the hustings keeping in view Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda’s support, which has following in at least 27 segments of Malwa region.
We are expecting a hung assembly. The core panel discussed various options and likely scenarios if the mandate is fractured,” a party leader said. Sources said a seat-wise analysis was done and leaders briefed Sukhbir about bright and weak spots. The mood was upbeat as the party is hoping that its performance could be better than the popular perception.
Strategies and preparations for the forthcoming Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls were also discussed.
Meanwhile, in a statement after the meeting, the party applauded the people for peaceful polling and large turnout. Without naming the AAP, the SAD also thanked people for preserving the traditional bonds of Punjabi unity despite “dangerous designs by the enemies of peace and communal harmony.”
“The party feels that there is a deep-rooted and dangerous conspiracy by forces inimical to the Khalsa Panth to create confusion and sow seeds of disunity in Panthic ranks,” Harcharan Singh Bains, party general secretary, said. He said the elements operating with the help of the latest weapons of technology are using massive misinformation and disinformation as tools in their modes of warfare to weaken the Sikh community and to strike at the foundations of Punjabi unity.
“These elements,” he said, “ are behind many of the acts that have caused deep hurt in the minds of the Sikh masses.”
“This is the reason behind the vicious anti-Akali propaganda carried out by the anti-Sikh forces acting under the garb of Sikhs before and during the just-concluded elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha,” he added.