The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday said it was condemnable that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who could not control rapes in the national capital, was trying to stoke communal passions in Punjab by visiting Amritsar and Faridkot.
In a statement here, senior SAD leaders, including Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Daljit Singh Cheema, said Kejriwal’s visit reflected a new low in politics. “We fail to understand why a chief minister, who has expressed his helplessness in controlling rapes in Delhi and whose ministers have been embroiled in criminal cases, should try to disturb peace in Punjab and create fresh trouble for a duly elected government.”
The SAD said the entire sequence of events, including interviews released to the social media before embarking on the visit and starting a hash tag ‘AAPwithPunjab’ indicated that the visit was purely political. It said Kejriwal’s actions were that of a chameleon. “In Amritsar, he claimed that he had come to express grief but in Faridkot he incited people against the government.”
Urging the AAP and Kejriwal not to play with fire, the SAD leaders asked him why he had never visited Kashmir where anti-national forces were engineering similar incidents. They said Kejriwal also did not visit the Dalits killed in Haryana or the families of the girls killed in Uttar Pradesh. The leaders said all this was because Kejriwal wanted to take political mileage from the unfortunate incidents in view of the 2017 assembly elections.