On the issue of a separate Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in Haryana, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has said the Haryana government is working on the commands of the Gandhi family. He said the Congress is an anti-Sikh party and it had always tried to hurt the sentiments of Sikhs.
Sukhbir was in Ludhiana along with union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who held a meeting with industrialists over setting up of food processing industry in Punjab.
The deputy CM said the issue concerning the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) pertained to religious sentiments and Sikhs had even scarified their lives for it. The Congress has been interfering in the religious matters of Sikhs by pressing for formation of a separate Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in Haryana, he said.
Stating that industrialists are willing to invest in Punjab, Sukhbir said during the investment summit held at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar at least 66 big industrial houses had applied for investment in Punjab, out of which 50% had applied for establishing food processing industry.
Sukhbir said the state government is in touch with union minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj to ensure safe arrival of Punjabis stranded in Iraq.
Slip of tongue
Sukhbir Badal has been finding it hard to give up habit of chiding the central government for each and every problem and, at times, also forgetting that now it is the NDA government at the Centre. Commenting over the issue of Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in Haryana, Sukhbir said it is a conspiracy of the central government. Realising his mistake, he immediately corrected his words and said he meant the Congress party.