Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and Amrisar Member of Parliament (MP) Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday accused Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of misusing the funds of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) for over 20 years.
The Captain was in town to attend a series of public rallies in support of Congress-backed Sanjha Morcha candidate Simar Pratap Singh Barnala at Dadhogal, Bhullar Heri, and Bhalwan villages and also touched upon the Satluj-Yamuna link (SYL) link issue.
“In 1977, Badal accepted `2 crore from Devi Lal to construct Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) and now he has again accepted `3 crore from the ML Khattar -led BJP government in Haryana to raise embankments and to give extra water to Haryana,” he claimed, adding the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had been reduced to being the ‘Badal Dal’.
He also alleged that the Badals had been intent on making gains for themselves and had done nothing for the state.
“The recent grants to Dhuri have also been only as bribe to buy votes,” he told supporters at an election meet.
Targeting Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, he said, “Sukhbir’s claims of making Punjab power-surplus are yet to come true.”
“Elect Simar, as this will be the first step towards forming a Congress government in 2017. Our fight is not against the SAD, it is against the Badals,” he claimed, adding that he did not foresee any incident of booth capturing on April 11.
Over a dozen former and present MLAs, including the leader of opposition in assembly Sunil Jakhar and Patiala MLA Preneet Kaur accompanied Amarinder.