Captain Amarinder Singh and the Badals, sworn enemies in public, seem to have friendly relations in private and a tacit understanding to cover up each other’s corruption scandals, Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira has said here on Tuesday.
He has questioned the silence of Punjab’s ruling family on a court notice to Amarinder’s son, Raninder Singh, who is accused of hiding his multiple bank accounts and companies in Europe, besides property in Dubai and London. The names of Amarinder and his wife, Parneet Kaur, also appear as beneficiaries in many of these companies and transactions.
The disclosures have created a storm in the political circles of Punjab and while even the AAP has asked the Congress to sack Captain as its state party president, the Badal family and their Shiromani Akali Dal have said nothing, so far, even in the Vidhan Sabha.
“This connivance, friendliness, deep nexus, and quid pro quo between Captain and the Badals has been going on for a long time,” said Khaira, adding: “Amarinder, architect of the corruption case against the Badals in 2003, never challenged their state-manipulated acquittal in 2008; while the Badal government is soft-peddling two corruption cases (Ludhiana City Centre and Amritsar Improvement Trust) against Amarinder since 2008 by not pressing charges.”
Khaira added that the recent smooth acquittal of Captain’s former media adviser Bharat Inder Singh Chahal in a corruption case shows the Badal-Amrinder nexus that voters should see through in 2017.