Senior Akali leader and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Virsa Singh Valtoha on Saturday fired a fresh salvo at CPS Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, asking her to explain whether she was a "Congress stooge".
Valtoha accused Dr Sidhu and her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu of backstabbing finance minister Arun Jaitley in the last parliamentary elections and also showing their opportunistic colours.
While questioning her sincerity towards the party, Valtoha also questioned whether she was a Congress stooge alleging that her relatives had campaigned for Capt Amarinder Singh in Amritsar and later for Preneet Kaur in the Patiala assembly bypoll.
In a statement, Valtoha said, "We want simple answers to our questions. Dr Sidhu should tell people whether she and her husband spoke to Capt Amarinder Singh or not during the Lok Sabha campaign. "You should also tell whether you are part of the BJP or part of a "me and my" team which uses the BJP's tag only when it suits them. Since the party is of no importance to you, explain whether you are a Congress stooge who is playing according to a well laid-out Congress game plan," the Akali leader alleged.
Accusing Dr Sidhu of forgetting the way the Akali Dal had ensured the victory for her husband in the 2009 parliamentary polls, Valtoha said, "The couple would speak highly of Arun Jaitley saying he was their political guru. However, all this changed when Jaitley was nominated the party candidate from Amritsar.
Soon they forgot all loyalty to Jaitley and displayed their opportunistic colours. This shows you are ungrateful and ready to sacrifice anything for personal greed and ambition," the Akali leader said.
Reacting to CPS Sidhu's statement to the media, the Akali leader said the BJP Amritsar East MLA had now invented a further excuse to up the ante against the SAD and was hallucinating about a promise of funds only she knew of.
He said Dr Sidhu's constituency had received around Rs 75 crore from heads of the municipal corporation and improvement trust. He said leave aside others, Dr Sidhu was the largest recipient of the MPLAD funds from her husband.
The issue is that of her personal ambition and that of her husband," he said, adding the SAD had no role to play in this.
Saying erratic and bizarre behaviour was intolerable in coalition politics, the Akali leader said Sidhu did not enjoy being in the government and simultaneously opposed coalition candidates and even sat in Congress dharnas. "This shows you have little respect for your own state president, who has asked you not to speak against the coalition in public, and for party seniors who are responsible for taking decisions on coalition matters," he added.
Dr Sidhu had asked Valtoha not to worry and sought the resignation of the chief minister and deputy chief minister on the issue of funds and lack of development in her constituency.