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Congress, SAD announce rallies in rival bastions

SAD says will hold show of strength in Patiala on the same day CM Amarinder holds Lambi rally, the date for which is not announced yet.

punjab Updated: Sep 17, 2018 09:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Faridkot rally,Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh,Parkash Singh Badal
Capt Amarinder Singh(HT FILE)

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced to hold a rally in his predecessor and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal’s constituency Lambi once the zila parishad elections are over in the state.

Though no date was given, the rally is likely to be held in the last week of September.

Hours after the CM’s announcement, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal also announced to hold a rally in Patiala on the same day.

In a press release, the CM claimed that the efforts of Badal and his son and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Badal to trigger tension at the Faridkot rally on Sunday failed miserably, praising people for ensuring law and order in the area.

The CM said that SAD’s Sunday rally was aimed at diverting people’s attention from the role the then CM Badal played in sacrilege incidents in 2015, after being exposed by the Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh Commission report.

The reaction came in the wake of Badal’s two back-to-back rallies against the Congress government – in Abohar (Fazilka) on September 9 and in Faridkot on Sunday. In SAD’s ‘poll khol’ rallies held earlier, Badal had left it to party president Sukhbir to address the gatherings.

Amarinder had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly elections from Lambi (he also contested from his home segment Patiala).

His spokesperson said Amarinder has taken a serious note of Badal’s attempts to create communal unrest in the state through his deceitful statements on the report of Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh Commission on incidents of sacrilege that had taken place during the SAD-BJP rule.

“Badal has a habit of stoking communal passions by spreading a web of lies around the elections. He has always used religion to further his political ambitions. I will expose his real face before the people of Punjab,” said Amarinder.

AG Nanda will not resign: CM

The chief minister rejected any possibility of the resignation of Punjab advocate general Atul Nanda, describing him as a highly competent official who will never do anything against the state’s interests.

“There is no question of Nanda quitting or being sacked over the nonsensical charges made by former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh, who was rejected even by the people of Punjab,” said the CM.

First Published: Sep 16, 2018 22:52 IST