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Bajwa blasts SAD, says party must prove authenticity of tapes

Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday lambasted the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for accusing the Congress of planning and organising the November 10 radical Sarbat Khalsa at Amritsar.

punjab Updated: Nov 14, 2015 21:15 IST
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Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa.
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday lambasted the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for

accusing the Congress of planning and organising the November 10 radical Sarbat Khalsa at Amritsar.

SAD leaders had played “tapped conversation of certain Congress leaders” with a senior leader of the Sikh hardline group United Akali Dal, assuring him of mobilising crowd for the congregation.

Addressing a press conference here, Bajwa said this clearly showed how the entire SAD has been left completely rattled by the huge gathering at the event.

“The Parkash Singh Badal-led government must first formally admit that it has officially or otherwise been tapping the phones of Congress leaders. Thereafter, the Badal government must also prove the authenticity of the taped conversation. Once the Badal government is ready with the aforesaid explanations, I have no objection in taking a decision on the issue accordingly”, said Bajwa.

Bajwa said under the present circumstances the Badal government can go to any extent to frame innocent people.

“They did it recently when two baptised Sikh brothers from Moga were held for sacrilege. After failing to find any evidence against them, the Badal government had to release them under public pressure,” added Bajwa.

Bajwa said Akali government had a history of tapping telephones of mediapersons, politicians and also bureaucrats. Former chief justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court Tirath Singh Thakur had written to the Chief Justice of India in 2011 how Punjab Police under the Badal government was tapping the telephones of at least 9 high court judges, claimed Bajwa.

Commenting on the press conference held by SAD leaders to present the taped telephone conversations of Congress leaders before the media, Bajwa said: “Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal sent insignificant Akali leaders to address the media conference because he knew the case was not strong”, said Bajwa.

The Punjab Congress chief said Sikh leaders such as Bhai Gurdeep Singh Bathinda and Baljit Singh Daduwal, who have been booked and arrested under sedition charges, were the ones who were holding meetings with Badals before the Sarbat Khalsa.

“Now the same Sikh leaders have become anti-nationals for the Badals because they failed to prevent a huge gathering at the event,” he added.

“It’s foolhardy on part of the Akalis to drag AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the Sarbat Khalsa issue,” he added.