With the political connections of Gurdaspur superintendent of police Salwinder Singh under scanner after the recent Pakistani terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has denied that any senior Akali leader from Majha or for that matter anyone from his party is to blame for the intrusion.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) is questioning the SP, who is said to be close to former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) minister Sucha Singh Langah, who owns a 100-acre farmhouse in the border belt. Both have been photographed together on several occasions. Speaking with HT on the sidelines of his Talwandi Sabo tour on Tuesday, Sukhbir said it was strange how anybody could imagine any Akali leader to be involved in the Pathankot incident. “Earlier, they linked the party’s name to the drug issue for no reason, and now this totally baseless charge,” said the deputy CM. “What is wrong if Langah was photographed with the SP posted in his area?” he added.
‘AAP eating into Cong vote bank’
Replying to queries about the Punjab visit of Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal during the Maghi Mela on January 12, the Deputy CM said the AAP was no threat to Shiromani Akali Dal, as it was eating into only the Congress vote bank.
“The Congress is dying in the state and the AAP is trying to grab the space it has left. Both are nowadays involved in catfight,” said Sukhbir. Taking jibe at new leaders in the AAP, the deputy CM said they were the SAD and Congress discards. “Strange that the AAP finds them capable,” he remarked.
Sukhbir said though the AAP had made tall claims of being sympathetic to the common masses but it had lost its moral high ground after failing to deliver on any of the election promises in Delhi, so far. “It owes an explanation to people. Punjab’s people should ask it about its plans for the state,” he said.
Earlier at Kailey Bandar, Nangla and Behman Jassa villages in Bathinda district, the Deputy CM laid the foundation stones of underground irrigation water projects, besides stadiums at Raman village and Talwandi Sabo, worth Rs 3 crore and Rs 4 crore, respectively.