Dangerous anarchy in Punjab, political will missing: Parkash Singh Badal
Badal condemned the murders of Hindu outfit leader Vipan Sharma in Amritsar, Harkirat Singh, spouse of an Akali sarpanch in Malerkotla on Monday, and assault on Amarjot Singh Babbehali, son of Akali leader GS Babbehali on Tuesday.Updated: Nov 01, 2017 11:03 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
In his strongest indictment of the Captain Amarinder Singh government, former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday expressed concern over the situation in the state saying it was “fast slipping towards complete and dangerous anarchy”.
Condemning the murders of Hindu outfit leader Vipan Sharma in Amritsar, Harkirat Singh, spouse of an Akali sarpanch in Malerkotla on Monday, and assault on Amarjot Singh Babbehali, son of Akali leader GS Babbehali on Tuesday, Badal said: “In just a few months, they have ruined the hard-earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state. It is jungle raj with lawless elements free to take law into their own hands. Political assassinations and communal murders in Punjab are pushing the state towards the edge of a dangerous precipice.”
“Congress govt has ruined the hard-earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state. It is jungle raj with lawless elements free to take law into their own hands.”
The former CM said maintenance of peace and preserving communal harmony require a combination of political will and administrative determination. “Both seem conspicuous by their absence in Punjab today. During my tenure as the CM, I began and ended every day in office by keeping a close watch on threats to peace and communal harmony and reaffirming my government’s commitment to these sacred ideals. But in the last nine months, I have not heard of a single occasion when the political leadership and the top civil and police administration in the state got together to review the situation in this regard,” he added.
Appealing people of Punjab to maintain peace at all cost and not allow the age-old bonds between communities to be disturbed, Badal said the main reason for this drastic deterioration in the situation was that “peace and communal harmony do not even figure among the priorities of the government”.
Sidhu provoking Cong leaders to attack Akalis: Sukhbir
Accusing Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu of “instigating” Congress leaders against Akalis, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal said during the campaign for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll, Sidhu delivered an inflammatory speech against former MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali in front of his house at Babbehali village.
“It had set the tone for the attack on Babbehali’s son, Amarjot, on Tuesday. Earlier, SGPC member Dyal Singh Kolianwali’s son Parminder was attacked in a similar manner by Congress workers. Political vendetta as well as assassinations of political leaders and religious heads had reached its zenith under the Congress rule,” he said in a statement.
He said Parminder was “threatened with dire consequences” while manning a booth during the election and now a murderous attack had been unleashed against him. “Sidhu had recently delivered inflammatory speeches at Majitha also. Action should be taken to put an end to such provocation,” he added.
First Published: Nov 01, 2017 11:03 IST