Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said the Congress was trying to derail the national development agenda by giving a political colour to unfortunate incidents such as the murder of a Dalit man in Abohar, so as to prevent a discussion on the National Herald and other corruption cases related to the Congress.
In a statement here, Harsimrat said the Congress was disrupting Parliament because of a case in which its party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had received court summons for allegedly usurping National Herald property worth thousands of crores by spending a trifling Rs 50 lakh.
“You (Congress) will have to account for your thefts and are liable to be justly punished by the law of the land. You cannot wriggle out of your illegal acts by hiding behind the cloak of political persecution,” the Shiromani Akali Dal leader said.
“Let me remind the Congress that Punjab has the highest Dalit population in the country. Despite this, crime against Dalits is the lowest in the state, according to the National Crime Record Bureau statistics,” she added.
Harsimrat said the Congress was also collaborating with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to raise such issues in Parliament.