Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday rejected the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) allegation regarding Congress support to the radical Sarbat Khalsa, saying the Akali party was trying to deflect public attention from the core issues of sacrilege and killing of peaceful protesters in police firing.
Reiterating his charges against chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Amarinder said, “Badal has proved to be a coward who runs away instead of facing the situation, which is of his own making.”
“You will do better if you start looking within and realise why so many people attended the congregation, instead of trying to find its origins in 10 Janpath or Moti Bagh Palace,” he told the Akalis.
“Let me tell you the truth. It was hatched in every house across Punjab that has been hit and hurt by your misgovernance, corruption, failure of agriculture, closure of industry, drug smuggling, loot of the state, subversion of the SGPC and Akal Takht authority, desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, killing of peaceful protesters and the framing of innocent youth in false cases,” he said, while taking a jibe at the Akalis for accusing the Congress of hatching the conspiracy.
Amarinder said the congregation might have been hijacked by a handful of radicals, but the huge participation showed deep anger against the Badals, who had not only robbed the state but also grabbed Sikh institutions and were misusing them for personal gains.