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Congress protest at Badal’s residence shows collusion with Akalis: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday called the Congress party’s three-day sit-in protest in front of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s official residence “stage-managed” and alleged that it had “further established the political collusion” between the party and the ruling SAD-BJP combine in poll-bound Punjab.

punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2016 21:45 IST
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AAP’s Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi (HT File Photo)

Punjab convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Gurpreet Singh Waraich has said that the “stage-managed” agitations by the Congress against the SAD-BJP govt in the state establish the “political collusion”.

Speaking here on Sunday, Waraich said Congress legislators were allowed to sit on dharna outside chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s official residence even as there was a complete ban on assembly of people under Section 144 of the CrPC there.

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“Arrangements for food and stay of the protesting Congress MLAs were made during the stage-managed three-day protest. Anyone, including PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh and other senior leaders of the party, were free to join the sit-in as and when they pleased,” he said.

Waraich said even as there was a ban on unlawful assembly of more than four people in the area, Congress leaders had free access to the site. He said it was also laughable that the Congress ended its agitation immediately after a police officer posted in Ludhiana was transferred. “Was the real motive of the Capt Amarinder only to get the ADCP removed or fight against the drug menace in Punjab?” he questioned.

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Waraich said earlier also Badal government had allowed Congress legislators to stay put in Punjab Vidhan Sabha for two nights only to make the party look relevant again in the Punjab’s political landscape.

First Published: Oct 16, 2016 20:07 IST