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Badal says no to LS candidature

punjab Updated: Dec 06, 2013 20:10 IST
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Ruling out the possibility of contesting the parliamentary polls, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said, "I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections, not because of any pressure but because it is my decision to stick to Punjab politics and serve the people till last," said Badal who was in the city to attend a function on Friday.

He was replying to a query of the media on his stand to contest the Lok Sabha elections if the Shiromani Akali Dal wins all four seats in the Delhi assembly elections.

The chief minister criticised the Congress for objecting to a political rally of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Jagraon on December 21, adding that SAD-BJP alliance had never objected to the Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, for organising functions and political events in Punjab.

"It is anti-democratic and the Congress should refrain from making such statements," Badal went on to add. He said the Congress should stop blowing the trumpet of "secularism" as it is not reflected in their actions. "The Congress does not leave a chance to exploit public sentiments in the name of caste and creed as it did in the case of Punjabi farmers in Gujarat by calling them Sikh farmers," Badal said.