The Congress’ attempting to divide people had put it on the verge of extinction, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said here.
“In the parliamentary elections, the country has punished it; now in the assembly elections, it’s ready to say goodbye to Haryana and Maharashtra,” Sukhbir told the media during his campaigning for Talwandi Sabo assembly byelection candidate Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu.
“The Congress ruled the country for more than five decades by adopting the divide-and-rule policy of the British after they quit India,” said Sukhbir, adding that the rival party had shrunk to 44 seats in Parliament and would meet the same fate in Haryana and Maharashtra.
Flays attack on scribes
Condemning the Haryana police attack on journalists covering the siege of a historical gurdwara in that state, Sukhbir said the government in the neighbouring state was “frustrated on seeing clear defeat coming in the Vidhan Sabha elections, and so had moved in to capture the gurdwaras at gunpoint”.
Campaigning at Sangat Khurd, Teona Pojarian, Tangrali, Jogewala, Gatwali, Giana and Kanakwal villages on the Talwandi Sabo constituency, Sukhbir sought a victory margin of more than 51,000 votes for Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu. “He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal on no other condition but the speedy development of the area,” said the deputy CM.