Terming Navjot Singh Sidhu an opportunist, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said his presence or absence won’t have any impact on politics in Punjab. “Sidhu had disappeared from Punjab a long time ago and was never a part of the state’s politics,” Badal said about the BJP leader who resigned from the Rajya Sabha and is expected to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
About the suspension of party MLAs Pargat Singh and Inderbir Singh Bolaria , both of whom are said to be interested in joining AAP or Congress, Badal said, “They were not showing any interest in party activities, and those who have no interest in the SAD have no place in the party.” Badal was here for a sangat darshan (public interaction) in villages of Sherpur block.
On the sidelines of the event, Badal said uttering the word ‘Congress ’ repeatedly had made his throat sore “for which I even keep a doctor with me”. “Congress has always taken an anti-Punjab stance.... and AAP is following that legacy to damage the state,” he remarked.
Badal said Sidhu — who had been reportedly pressing the BJP to break with the SAD owing to his sore equation with the Badals — had left the party “when he saw there is no opportunity”. He added, “Whether he joins the Congress or AAP, people do not believe those who switch parties. In Punjab, there is only the SAD that has good leadership and leaders who stay with one party. All those who switch parties are greedy opportunists, who take bites from wherever they get.”
He declared that he was was able to become Punjab CM five times “only because of being with one party”.
He reiterated that people have experienced Congress rule “and they were never happy with them”. AAP has no future in Punjab, the CM added. “Kejriwal’s advocate submitted an affidavit against the state in the Supreme Court on the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal. Moreover, they are atheists and compare their two-page manifesto with Guru Granth Sahib... How can people expect goodness from them?”
Urging people to exercise their franchise “cautiously”, the CM said it would make or mar the future of the state. “Instead of being allured by fake promises, people should see actual development,” said Badal. He added that the process of recruitment in various departments was on already and will be completed “soon”.