Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar, on Thursday, said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should explain his demand for release of militants.
Smelling politics behind the timing of Badal’s demand, he said, “Is it quid pro quo that since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has embarrassed its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) by asking for revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s resignation, the Akalis will now embarrass the BJP by seeking release of terrorists? The BJP should also explain its stand on the issue.”
Accusing the allies of “double-speak”, he said the chief minister had apologised in the Punjab assembly for the remarks of chief parliamentary secretary Virsa Singh Valtoha on the issue of terrorism.
“But soon after coming out of the assembly, he sought the release of terrorists. Likewise, the BJP had demanded the resignation of Majithia outside the assembly and sided with the SAD inside it. Badal owes an explanation to the people of Punjab over his demand which is a huge disrespect to the sentiments of those who lost their family members to terrorism in Punjab,” he said.