Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Sunday hit out at the Congress for reportedly playing in the hands of certain forces, who are hell-bent on destroying the hard-earned peace and communal harmony in Punjab.
He also targeted European countries for giving shelter to Khalistani terrorists and other anti-national forces.
“On the name of protecting human rights, these countries kept on giving political asylum to anti-national forces. Whereas the countries like Germany and Britain gave shelter to Khalistani forces, various LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) men were settled in Switzerland and other countries. In those times, these countries had not felt the pain of terrorism, but now when they have been attacked by such forces, these countries are now feeling the pain,” said Sukhbir while speaking on the occasion of a function organised by the Hind Samachar Group here. Union health minister JP Nadda was also present on the occasion.
The deputy chief minister went on to say that these countries were so liberal to adjust Khalistanis that these anti-national forces were sheltered on the recommendation letter of Simranjit Singh Maan, president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), a pro-Khalistan outfit.
“This is wrong. If a person is terrorist in Punjab, how can he be a normal person in any other country?,” he asserted while demanding a uniform international law to deal with global terrorism.
With former Congress legislative party leader Sunil Jakhar on the same stage, Sukhbir also cautioned the Congress against playing in the hands of certain forces who are out to destroy the hard-earned communal harmony in Punjab.
He accused the Congress of making desperate attempts to exploit the religious sentiments of the Sikh community in order to stage a comeback in the state.
“It’s most unfortunate that certain political parties are even not sparing the religious issues to exploit. But, such parties must keep in mind that if this fire ignited by them hit us, let me tell you, it won’t even spare you,” said Sukhbir.
Later, while talking to mediapersons, Sukhbir condemned the Congress for allegedly conspiring to disturb peace in Punjab. He said the inaction by the Congress against its leaders present on the dais during Sarbat Khalsa buttresses our claims against the party.
Earlier, state BJP chief Kamal Sharma also indirectly took a potshot at the Congress for standing by those leaders whose only aim has been to reach the goal of Khalistan.
“It’s high time for the political parties to decide, where to draw the line in this race of getting into power. The issue of national integrity should not be compromised and the political parties who stood with the organisers of Sarbat Khalsa, must shun such practices in future for the sake of Punjab,” said Sharma.
Jakhar, who addressed the gathering after Sharma, however, focused his address on rising intolerance and increasing fundamentalism in the society.