Asking chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to come out of “hibernation” and break his “silence”, Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the former had again let down the state by virtually running away from the situation and leaving his second-rung leaders to defend him and his government.
Amarinder rejected the SAD allegations of a Congress hand in the radical Sarbat Khalsa. Referring to the purported phone recordings claimed to be those of Congress leaders, he said, “These are concocted and our leaders have already dismissed these allegations as baseless.” He said, “By claiming to be in possession of the phone recordings of our leaders, hasn’t the government admitted that it has been tapping the phones of its political opponents, which is a serious crime.” Or, how come they were in possession of these recordings, he wondered.
“It is high time Badal came out of the hiding and owned up what is happening in the state as he is the chief minister,” he said, while criticising the continued “silence” of the chief minister at a time when the state is passing through a sensitive stage.
The former chief minister said it was characteristic of Badal to push the situation to the brink and go into hiding. “He is precisely repeating it now,” he said, adding, just because he did not have the option of running away being the chief minister, he has gone into hiding and is avoiding the public.
He said had Badal been concerned about public good he would have held sangat darshan, met the public and addressed their grievances. “But knowing him well, he will never do that as he does things only to please himself and not to serve people,” Amarinder claimed, adding, “He may not even be bothered about what is happening in Punjab as long as it does not endanger his throne.”