Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia deserting the party and joining Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh was just the beginning of a “massive exodus” of Akali leaders and workers from their party.
“It is a classic case of rats starting to desert a sinking ship”, Capt Amarinder said in a statement, adding, “gradually all the rats will desert the Akali Dal before its ship sinks in the storm of widespread public outrage and outcry”.
The former chief minister said the fact that Akali leaders had started seeking “political asylum” in far off states indicated that nobody was prepared to accept them in Punjab.
Bajwa seeks fresh polls to ‘end anarchy’
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday demanded the resignation of CM Parkash Singh Badal and fresh elections to end “anarchy in the state”. Commenting on the decision of Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia to “leave a sinking ship”, he said Parkash Singh Badal, (deputy CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal, (Union minister) Harsimrat Kaur Badal and (state revenue minister) Bikram Singh Majithia would be the only ones left ultimately in the country’s second-oldest party and the Akali government would fall on its own. He also referred to the decision of 28 SGPC members to quit. Bajwa said Sukhbir was trying to give a false impression of a normal state by releasing the pictures of his playing cards at Badal village.