Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said the Congress opted out of the Khadoor Sahib bypoll fearing a humiliating defeat.
“This is a categorical admission of defeat by the Congress. Amarinder is a perpetual loser and a habitual quitter. He has a trail of defeats behind him. He is the first and the only leader in Punjab to lead the Congress to two back-to-back defeats in the assembly polls,” Sukhbir said in a statement here.
He said the Congress’ decision came after the reality Amarinder witnessed on the ground during his rallies recently.
Sukhbir also mocked Amarinder for saying that his party (Congress) was not contesting the bypoll due to incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab.
“The Indira Gandhi government rolled tanks into the Golden Temple, bringing down the Akal Takht and killing thousands of innocent devotees. They used tanks to desecrate the sacred ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib,” Sukhbir said.
“Now they are shedding crocodile tears over the sacrilege issue and using it as a poor excuse to run away from the contest,” the SAD president said.