On the Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, the Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday attempted to remind People's Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal of the oath he had taken at Bhagat Singh's native place Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr district while floating his party.
Revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia and SAD vice-president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, during their address at a rally of Youth Akali Dal in support of party candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal here on the martyrdom day of three freedom fighters, said Manpreet had vowed not make an alliance with the Congress.
In an attempt to strike a chord with the youth in the rally, Majithia said while taking oath at Khatkar Kalan at the time of formation of his party, Manpreet Badal along with other leaders of his party had vowed not to collaborate with either SAD or Congress but now Manpreet had allied with Congress for electoral gains.
Majithia said even when several party leaders deserted him to join the Congress, Manpreet Badal had said he would not ally with the Congress at any condition but now he had forgotten that pledge.
Similarly, Ramoowalia also lambasted Manpreet Singh Badal for forgetting the oath taken at the time of formation of his party in 2011, claiming that the PPP chief had pledged not to truck with the Congress.
When asked about chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's comment wherein he had termed Arun Jaitley as future deputy prime minister, Majithia said Jaitley becoming an MP from Punjab will be game-changer for the state.
Majithia blamed the central government for step-motherly treatment to Punjab and said the state was not getting the share in the central funds in proportion to revenue collected by the Centre from the state.
Majithia, however, like other SAD leaders did not forgot to mention about the party's position in Bathinda (urban) assembly constituency in 2009 parliamentary elections when the party had trailed behind the Congress and said it seems that unlike the last elections the party will get a lead from this assembly constituency this time.
Migrants make up for crowd
In the gathering of the Youth Akali Dal, a large chunk of youth comprised migrant workers and not of traditional Sikh supporters of the SAD and urban supporters of BJP, which raised many eyebrows. That the crowd was not "genuine" came to the light when these people found it tough to shout traditional SAD slogans.