Badal hits out at Kejriwal over SAD-Congress collusion remark
Terming Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal’s statement on alleged collusion between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress a “bunch of lies”, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that any kind of connivance with “anti-Punjab” and “anti-Sikh” Congress is unimaginable.punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2016 09:54 IST
Terming Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal’s statement on alleged collusion between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress a “bunch of lies”, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that any kind of connivance with “anti-Punjab” and “anti-Sikh” Congress is unimaginable.
Talking to media on the sidelines of a ‘sangat darshan’ at his constituency, Lambi, the CM said the SAD can never think of having any sort of collusion with the party that had “attacked” Sri Harmandir Sahib, “perpetrated the carnage of innocent Sikhs in Delhi” and did “grave injustice” to the state by depriving its people of their capital, river waters and even Punjabi-speaking areas.
Accusing Kejriwal of issuing baseless and irrational statements for vested political interests, Badal said Akalis have a glorious history of launching struggles for safeguarding interests of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat, whereas Congress has a “notorious past” of anti-Punjab stance.
The chief minister alleged Kejriwal, too, is suffering from “anti-Punjab syndrome” and doesn’t have basic knowledge about the state. He said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is bereft of any agenda for development of the state and is trying to mislead people through its hollow slogans.
“The administration is not run by hollow slogans as work has to be done on the ground level to ensure welfare of people. The SAD is fully committed for peace, communal harmony and development in the state,” Badal said.
Calling the AAP a “house of cards” that is likely to collapse even before the state goes to polls, Badal said its leaders possess neither character nor ideology and their sole motive is to assume power for plundering the state.
“Allegations of sale of party’s tickets being levelled by AAP cadres reflect upon moral degradation in politics,” he said.
Describing Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as a “King of Palaces”, the CM said he is least worried about the welfare of people and will deprive them of the subsidies being given by the SAD-BJP government.
When asked to comment on resignation of Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu from the BJP, Badal said that any leader who backstabs his or her mother party loses credibility among people. “I had always supported her to ensure development in her assembly constituency,” said the chief minister.
First Published: Oct 10, 2016 09:53 IST