Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday dubbed the SAD-BJP alliance as "opportunistic, unprincipled and a marriage of convenience", which had a record of contradictions with the two parties working at cross-purposes, repeatedly and publicly.
Bajwa said the extent to which the relations between the alliance partners had deteriorated could be seen from the Punjab Bachao Morcha launched by former BJP minister Satpal Gosain and former improvement trust chairman MM Vyas in Ludhiana to take up the issues concerning industrialists, while holding the Badal government's "apathy" responsible for the "current mess".
While addressing a press conference, Bajwa referred to the "direct attack" on the government by one of the members of the Badal cabinet, local bodies minister Anil Joshi, who had been vociferously protesting against some of the decisions of the government.
"Things have come to such a pass that a section of the party leaders in the state has veered around to the view that the BJP ministers should come out of the government rather than facing humiliation and embarrassment and extend support from outside, a situation under which the BJP would have more say in decision-making," he said.
Bajwa said the setting up of the six-member panel by the alliance to sort out the irritants showed the rot that had set in and it was to be seen as to how long the BJP would face the disgrace of continuing in the government, adding that no self-respecting party could work under such humiliating conditions.
Former Punjab chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said it would not allow the SAD to change the name of the Giani Zail Singh Technical University, Bathinda. "I have come to know that the state government has started the process of changing the name of the university. We will not allow it at any cost. Zail Singh was a great leader of the nation and we will not let Badals insult him," said Bhattal, while addressing the press conference.
She also accused the Centre of being biased to the state government. "The Modi government's indifferent treatment to Punjab has come to the fore. Earlier, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal used to accuse the former Congress government of this. I challenge the chief minister to prove that the Modi government has been the real benefiter of Punjab. The truth is that Punjab is not on the list of the Modi government."
She said the SAD and BJP were moving towards the end of their alliance.