Amarinder has forged ‘grand alliance’ with hardliners: Sukhbir

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2015 18:50 IST
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal being welcomed by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar in Ludhiana on Friday. (HT Photo)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said in Ludhiana on Friday that former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, in league with hardliners and pro-Khalistan elements, was trying to disturb hard-earned peace in the state, but the Akali-BJP government would not allow such designs to succeed.

Sukhbir, accompanied by information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia, was here to attend the shagun ceremony of the grandson of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar at a local gurdwara.

When asked whether Amarinder’s return as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief would have any bearing on Punjab politics, Sukhbir said mockingly, “I am afraid and my legs are shaking with fear.”

On the possibility of a Bihar-like grand alliance in Punjab, Sukhbir said Amarinder already had a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) with hardliners and pro-Khalistan people as Congress leaders had attended the radicals’ Sarbat Khalsa. He added that Amarinder and his close relative, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, were hand in glove for their vested interests.

He added that the Akali-BJP alliance would fight the 2017 assembly elections and form the government again. Sukhbir said the response to Sadbhawna rallies had proved that the public had full faith in the leadership of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

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