Punjab Congress chief spokesperson Sunil Jakhar has questioned the absence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from the state for four days when its border belt was evacuated over war threat.
“If there was war threat, he should have been in the state... or the evacuation was just a ploy to delay the 2017 assembly elections that the ruling Akali-BJP combine is sure to lose,” he told the media on Tuesday in Chandigarh, seeking Sukhbir’s whereabouts.
Jakhar said there was no evacuation in the border belt of Rajasthan and Gujarat. “So there’s no war threat in these states. The BJP-led government at the Centre has built up a war-like situation for advantage in the ensuing polls in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab,” he said. “The Punjab government has lost credibility and the imposed-evacuation tactic is taking the central government the same way.”
Demanding President’s rule in Punjab, Jakhar said the situation with Pakistan forced people to believe the government. “But if farmers are also evacuated, who will harvest the paddy crop that’s ready?” He said that previous Congress government at the Centre had carried out four surgical strikes in Occupied Kashmir but never disclosed it.