Kejriwal to meet Dhadrianwale; Preneet calls on preacher too

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 24, 2016 22:43 IST
Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal. (HT File Photo)

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal will meet Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale at Gurdwara Parmeshar Dwar, 15 km from Patiala, on Wednesday.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal had already met the Sikh preacher following the May 17 murderous attack on him near Ludhiana. Patiala MLA Preneet Kaur also met Dhadrianwale on Tuesday and said the Congress would ensure that the conspirators of the attack were brought to book.

The attack has assumed political significance in the run-up to the assembly elections due early next year.

Not to miss out an opportunity to reflect the “poor” law and order situation in the state, Kejriwal is coming to meet Dhadrianwale to express condolence on the death of the Sikh preacher’s associate in the attack. Kejriwal had earlier talked to Dhadrianwale over phone and had said Punjab was not even safe for religious preachers.

MLA Preneet Kaur with Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale at Shekhupur village near Patiala on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Meanwhile, after meeting Dhadrianwale, Preneet told the media that she had come to meet the Sikh preacher to mourn the death of his associate. “It is highly condemnable act and the government should identify and punish the culprits.”

The MLA said the attack also reflected the poor law and order situation in the state where the criminals were having a field day. She said her party did not like or want to play politics on such sensitive issues, but at the same time, it could not overlook the seriousness and sensitivity of the matter.

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