Responding to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s charges made in Delhi that the Congress was an anti-national party and was disturbing peace in the state, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday claimed that Sukhbir ‘had gone berserk’.
He has also called for residents of the state to boycott Sukhbir and well as Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
“I think Sukhbir has gone berserk after seeing such a surge of anger against him and his party colleagues by the people of Punjab and is, hence, making such nonsensical statements,” he said, while addressing a press conference on Saturday.
“I call upon residents of the state to socially and politically boycott Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for bringing the state to the brink of lawlessness and unrest due to their vested interests,” he claimed.
Repeatedly referring to Bajwa as Fukrey Quam (pompous), he said, “If Sukhbir, the home minister, cannot protect his own ministers from public humiliation (Maluka was assaulted in a Bathinda village on Friday), how will he ensure security of the people of the state?”
Bajwa also distanced himself from the radical Sarbat Khalsa, claiming that the Congress had nothing to do with the controversial resolutions passed at the gathering.
‘Badals should answer these five questions’
Bajwa also challenged the Badals to answer five questions before their statements calling the Congress anti-national could be given any kind of credibility.
“In 1984, what had led Parkash Singh Badal to tear and burn copies of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution in a protest outside Parliament in New Delhi,” he questioned.
Continuing he added, “In 1992, when United Nations secretary general Butros Boutros Ghali came to India, Badal was signatory a memorandum submitted to him, demanding a separate homeland.”
“Hadn’t Badal announced, before the start of the Operation Bluestar in 1984, that he would raise an army of 1 lakh young men as suicide squads (Majriwaras) to fight government forces,” he claimed., adding that after the Operation Bluestar was over, Badal had called upon Sikh army soldiers to revolt.
He also claimed that Badal had honoured a dreaded terrorist Gurjant Singh BuidhSingh Wala and termed him as martyr of the Sikh community.
“Badals should answer whether all the five acts were national or anti-national. Once they have an answer, only then they should point a finger at others,” Bajwa added.