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HindustanTimes Sat,22 Nov 2014

Talk of BJP faction for end to ties with SAD just rumour: Sukhbir

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, August 13, 2014
First Published: 10:05 IST(13/8/2014) | Last Updated: 10:08 IST(13/8/2014)

Deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal has termed mere speculation the reports that a section within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was wanting to snap ties with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the state.

While talking to mediapersons here after addressing a gathering in Lelewala village in Talwandi Sabo assembly segment on Tuesday, as part of the poll campaign for SAD candidate Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu for the August 21 bypoll, Sukhbir said that no Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) leader has talked of snapping ties with the SAD directly and said that the alliance was the most natural one and has been there for years and is unbreakable.

When questioned on SAD reaction on the statement by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat that all Hindustanis are Hindus, Sukhbir said that as, in English, we say that every citizen of India is an Indian, similarly, in Hindi, we can say that every citizen of Hindustan is a Hindustani.

Terming Congress a divided house, the deputy CM said that the Congress has been divided into two groups and cold war between Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president, Partap Singh Bajwa and former CM Amarinder Singh groups is at its peak.

He said that both groups were working to ensure the defeat of the candidate of their opposite group.

“If PPCC chief is going to one direction, his opponent adopts the opposite direction. Everyone in Congress is beating his own drum,” he commented.

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