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Badal hits back, says Capt trying to divert attention from govt’s failures

Amarinder had on Saturday alleged that it was Badal, who was behind the “unwarranted” police firing during an anti- sacrilege protest in Faridkot in 2015, which resulted in the killing of two persons.

punjab Updated: Jul 09, 2017 21:10 IST
HT Correspondent
Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. (HT File Photo)

Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday described his successor Capt Amarinder Singh’s allegations against him on the Behbal Kalan police firing as an “attempt to divert attention from his government’s total failure to deliver on poll promises”.

Badal said the chief minister’s statement also exposed the “real truth” behind his claims that the government was not going to indulge in vendetta against political opponents. Amarinder had alleged that Badal was behind the “unwarranted police firing” during an anti-sacrilege protest in Faridkot in 2015. Two persons had died during the firing.

The SAD leader also accused the chief minister of acting as spokesman of the commission of inquiry set up to probe the Behbal Kalan incident. “What kind of inquiry will it be when the CM has already announced its findings? If you are the final judge in everything, then why are you even wasting precious public money on setting up these commissions to inquire into the same allegations to arrive at the same conclusions?” he asked Amarinder.

Badal also rubbished the CM’s charge that it was the chief minister, and not the police officer on the spot, who had to order firing. “Capt needs to know that the chief minister is not a thanedar or SSP to decide on how the force under the officer’s command should react to a specific situation on the spot. It is the officer who assesses the situation and decides on the course of action to be adopted and issue orders,” he said.