Badal blames Cong for fraternal battle
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal vociferously sought votes in Lambi and Gidderbaha constituencies on the last day of campaigning on Saturday. Kamaldeep Singh Brar reports.Updated: Jan 29, 2012 14:36 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal vociferously sought votes in Lambi and Gidderbaha constituencies on the last day of campaigning on Saturday.
During his speech, Sukhbir said, “I had requested my father to contest from Jalalabad so that I could field myself from Lambi. But the CM insisted that he had started off from Lambi and would contest the last election of his life from here.”
Sukhbir claimed that it was the senior Badal who had made Lambi the most developed village of the country with top-class infrastructure.
“Give us another term to serve you under his leadership,” Sukhbir urged the people.
He also called Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh a “drunken and arrogant raja.”
Later, addressing Akali supporters, the CM said, “It is the Congress’ conspiracy that my two brothers are contesting against me. The Congress has wanted to weaken me at any cost ever since the Shiromani Akali Dal put up resistance against Indira Gandhi’s decision to impose Emergency.”
“I had never imagined even in a nightmare that I would have to contest against my brother, but the party is supreme for me and blood relations have to be sacrificed,” he said.
“I have done everything possible
for you during my tenure. After my wife’s death and the divide in the family, you people are the only ones left to support me. You have to choose between me and the Captain, who has no solution to your problems,” Badal said.
The Badals also addressed a rally in support of the SAD candidate from Gidderbaha, Sant Singh Brar.
“The People’s Party of Punjab will disappear from the political arena of the state as fast as it has emerged,” the CM predicted.
First Published: Jan 29, 2012 14:32 IST