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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Parkash Singh Badal calls Nehru-Gandhi family enemy of Punjabis

At an election rally in the Bathinda Lok Sabha segment, Parkash Singh Badal, the former chief minister, said the successive governments at the Centre led by the Congress did nothing to punish the perpetrators of anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 10, 2019 11:38 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times, Bagha/ Bathinda
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Former chief minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal addressing an election rally at Gaatwali village in Talwandi Sabo district, Bathinda on Thursday, May 9, 2019.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT PHoto )

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch Parkash Singh Badal has alleged that the Nehru-Gandhi family had the dubious legacy of hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh.

At his maiden election rally in the Bathinda Lok Sabha segment in favour of his daughter-in-law and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the former chief minister said the successive governments at the Centre led by the Congress did nothing to punish the perpetrators of anti-Sikh riots of 1984. He called former prime minister Indira Gandhi a “tyrant” for ordering demolition of the Akal Takht during Operation Bluestar.

On Thursday, the nonagenarian Akali leader visited villages in Talwandi Sabo seeking votes for Harsimrat. He first visited Pucca Kalan village and then held election meetings at Bagha and Gaatwali, a part of Talwandi Sabo assembly segment.

“Former PM Jawaharlal Nehru had vehemently opposed the formation of Punjabi Suba. I was part of the movement that took on the then Congress government. The entire Nehru-Gandhi family had always been anti-Punjab and Punjabis, and we must unite to oppose their ulterior motives,” said Badal.

It was under the Modi government that Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was convicted and sent to jail in the anti-Sikh riots case. Modi has kept his promise to ensure justice to the Sikhs, said the former CM. Badal said the Modi government has taught Pakistan a lesson through the Balakot air strike. The nation is safe in his hands, he added.

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Harsimrat blames Capt for shortage of gunny bags

Kicking off her poll campaign in Lambi on Thursday, Union food processing industries minister and SAD candidate from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal blamed chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh for shortage of gunny bags in the Malwa region. Reacting to CM’s statement that centre government has diverted gunny bags to Haryana, Harsimrat said: “The state government created shortage of gunny bags in Bathinda to defame me. The Union government doesn’t fix quota of gunny bags for specific region in Punjab. As a member Parliament, I have no power to divert gunny bags to Haryana.”

The SAD candidate held public meetings in more than a dozen of villages, including Kandu Khera, Hakuwala, Middu Khera, Ghumiara, Lohara and Bhagu, of the Lambi assembly segment.

(With inputs from Sarabmeet Singh)

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First Published: May 10, 2019 11:38 IST

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