They may be arch political rivals but Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal said he touches Captain Amarinder Singh’s feet as a mark of respect. On his part, Amarinder said he had sent a soft drink to Sukhbir when the SAD chief was in jail. This was revealed by the two Punjab leaders while participating in the HT Leadership Summit here.
“Unlike his father, he (Sukhbir Badal) does what he says.”
Asked if there is a “secret alliance” between the two leaders which was also suggested by Sukhbir touching Amarinder Singh’s feet when he walked in for the event, the Congress leader said, “...I don’t think it’s a fair question. Everybody has his own culture, we do have our own culture. I am elder to him and he pays his respect. And one takes it in that way not that he is doing it as deputy chief minister.”
In his reply, Sukhbir said, “I have always touched his feet. I always touch every elder’s feet. Even when he had put us behind bars and I met him, I touched his feet..So I’ve always done it actually that made me a leader too.”
Responding, Amarinder said, “...Don’t forget when he was behind bars...I got a message that he only drinks Diet Coke. So, I sent him Diet Coke.” Later on, replying to another question about one good quality in Sukhbir, he said, “Unlike his father, he (Sukhbir Badal) does what he says.” To which Sukhbir responded, “This is the one quality which we share.”