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Gurdaspur bypoll: Navjot Sidhu does SAD-BJP bashing on rape accused Langah

“There is nothing more important than the character of man. It is up to you to decide whom you want to see in Parliament, a characterless leader or Sunil Jakhar,” Sidhu asked voters.

punjab Updated: Oct 02, 2017 09:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Batala
Gurdaspur bypoll,Navjot Sidhu,Sucha Singh Langah
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing a public gathering in Dera Baba Nanak on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Loaded with fresh ammunition against the SAD-BJP combine after rape charges against former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah, local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday said the alliance has “again shown its real face”.

Langah was booked on September 28 on the complaint of a woman constable who alleged that the Akali leader had been raping her repeatedly since 2009.

Sidhu, who started a poll campaign in favour of Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar from Wadala Banger village in Dera Baba Nanak, said Langah was the election in-charge of the BJP candidate Swaran Singh Salaria in Gurdaspur, but now he is on the run due to his misdeeds.

“The SAD-BJP alliance is already out of race. Salaria was booked for rape on the complaint of a former airhostess working in his airline in 2014, and now Langah is facing same charges. This has exposed the SAD-BJP alliance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about empowering women, but see what the alliance leaders are up to,” said Sidhu.

“There is nothing more important than the character of man. It is up to you to decide whom you want to see in Parliament, a characterless leader or Sunil Jakhar, who is a senior Congressman with a clean image,” Sidhu asked voters.


Meanwhile, Jakhar questioned the “silence” of SAD chief Sukhbir Badal on Langah.

Addressing party workers during a series of meetings in Batala, the Punjab Congress chief said Sukhbir had not “bothered to utter” a single word on the issue though two days has passed since the police filed a rape case against Langah.

Charging the Badals with “destroying” Punjab, Jakhar attacked former CM Parkash Singh Badal and accused him of garnering votes in the name of the Panth and farmers and failing to do anything for them, “as exposed by incidents such as Behbal Kalan (Fardikot) firing and farmer suicides”.

He also came down heavily on the Badals for tagging him as an “outsider”, saying he had been taking up issues of all areas of the state first as the leader of opposition and now as Punjab Congress chief.

Describing BJP candidate Swaran Salaria as a “sarmaydaar” (businessman), Jakhar said a person who did not “understand the pain and anguish” of the people could not take up their issues with the Centre.

“The ill-conceived and anti-people policies of the SAD-BJP government had led to the closure of 80% of the industry in Batala. Also, sugarcane farmers had not got their dues for the past two years, forcing them to commit suicide,” Jakhar said.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Oct 01, 2017 21:43 IST