A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi led a protest against the Punjab government over drug abuse and law deteriorating law and order, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday accused him of carrying forward his family’s “notorious legacy of anti-Punjabism and anti-Sikhism”.
Speaking on the sidelines of his “sangat darshan” programme in the Malout assembly segment, Badal said right from late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to Rahul, the entire Gandhi family has treated Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular as their bitter enemies.
“The young Gandhi family scion was following in the footsteps of his ancestors by defaming the hardworking Punjabis as drug addicts. It was a hard fact that Rahul has inherited the traits of anti-Punjab stance from his family,” Badal said.
On Monday, Rahul alleged the Akali government and its leaders of having free hand in the drug trade prevalent in state.
Trading guns at Rahul, the CM said the Congress has no “magic wand” to eliminate the drug menace. “The state government was no leaving no stone unturned to make Punjab a totally drug-free state. Not even an ounce of drug is produced in Punjab, but the state is being defamed just because it was fighting the nation’s war against this evil,” Badal claimed.
He added others states were also facing the same problem but forces inimical to Punjab were hell bent upon defaming it.
Badal said the successive Congress governments at the Centre have tormented the psyche of Sikhs by irrelevantly meddling in their social, economic, political and even religious affairs.
“No Punjabi can ever forgive the Congress for attack on Darbar Sahib and for inhuman butchering of thousands of innocent Sikhs in 1984. The Gandhi family has a notorious past of depriving the state of its capital, legitimate share in river waters and Punjabi-speaking areas,” Badal said.
He added that the state has suffered a lot from the “indifferent” attitude of the Gandhi family.
Meanwhile, after recovering from fever, which forced him to postpone his “sangat darshan” programme last week, Badal addressed gatherings at Lakhewali, Ramgarh Choonga and Bhaagsar villages.