Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday demanded the resignation of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and fresh elections to end “anarchy in the state”.
Addressing a press conference here, he supported the Sant Samaj demand for the release of two brothers, Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, in the sacrilege case; and the registration of a murder case against police officials responsible for killing two people in the October 14 firing incident at Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district. He also asked for the resignation of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar for “the denigration of the higher Sikh institutions”.
Commenting on the decision of Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia to “leave a sinking ship”, he said Parkash Singh Badal, (deputy CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal, (Union minister) Harsimrat Kaur Badal and (state revenue minister) Bikram Singh Majithia would be the only ones left ultimately in the country’s second-oldest party and the Akali government would fall on its own, going by the rate of desertions. He also referred to the decision of 28 SGPC members to quit.
Bajwa said Sukhbir was trying to give a false impression of a normal state by releasing the pictures of his playing cards at Badal village. “Nero was fiddling while Rome burned,” he said. The Congress leader demanded an independent investigation, a judicial inquiry preferably, into the acts of sacrilege and “the efforts to frame innocent people in these cases”. He said the two accused brothers should be released unconditionally and the missing ‘bir’ traced.