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Sonia's resignation a drama: Badal

"Sonia knew that the Prez was averse to signing the ordinance. Sensing danger for the Congress, she decided to quit."

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 14:49 IST

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal has described Congress president Sonia Gandhi's decision to quit her Lok Sabha seat as mere "drama" and not a sacrifice.

"Sonia took the step after she came to know that the President would not sign an ordinance to bail her out of the office of profit controversy," Badal said on Wednesday.

"Sonia knew that the President was averse to signing the ordinance. Sensing that it would put the Congress in danger, she decided to quit the Lok Sabha seat", he said.

Badal was also critical of the Punjab government's policy of handing over schools and dispensaries to panchayats and claimed that the institutions lacked adequate staff.

The Akali leader said he was confident the Congress would be ousted in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab and the SAD-BJP combine would return to power in the state.