Possibly feeling that his speeches may be under close watch in view of the future of the political alliance between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal avoided to make any mention of the newly formed Union government and restricted himself to the Panthic agenda during his speech at the state-level function of the 42nd death anniversary of former president of SAD Sant Fateh Singh at Badiala village here on Thursday.
Known for singing praises of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speeches, the Punjab CM did not mention any ‘achievement’ of the Union government. Instead, he reminded people how Akali Dal had struggled for Punjabi suba and accused the Congress of giving Punjabi-speaking areas to neighbouring states.
The other two key speakers on the occasion included Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Singh Bhunder and former Union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who explained importance of regional parties during their speeches.
“Some forces want to finish regional parties, which are very important for strong fabric of this nation. Even Lord Rama got no support from Ayodhya to fight with Ravana. These were small regional forces like Bheels and Vanar Sena that helped Him to win over Ravana. So you people must understand that regional parties are very important,” said Ramoowalia in his speech.
Rajya Sabha member Bhunder said, “Democracy sounds very good. But democracy is actually enemy of the minorities. Our Parliament is not ready to apologise for the atrocities committed on Sikhs in 1984. Even if the present Union government is our friend, we should always remain ready for any struggle. You must strengthen hands of chief minister Badal.”
Later, when asked if SAD would raise the main issues of Punjab including demand for transfer of Chandigarh and waters issue with the Union government, the chief minister said, “We demand justice. We are not demanding something that we don’t deserve. We will put pressure and will appeal humbly to fulfil these demands.”