Ranjit panel report: ‘SAD should have participated in debate’, says BJP leader Kamal Sharma
“The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have taken full advantage of the boycott,” said a senior BJP leader and former state president Kamal Sharma, during an interaction with HT on Monday.punjab Updated: Sep 04, 2018 08:57 IST
With few senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders criticising the party’s move to boycott the discussion on Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report, it’s ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also feels that the SAD-BJP legislators should have participated in the Vidhan Sabha discussion.
“The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have taken full advantage of the boycott,” said a senior BJP leader and former state president Kamal Sharma, during an interaction with HT on Monday.
Sharma said if the SAD had participated in the discussion, they could have presented their opinions and counter the allegations that were levelled. “The BJP legislators had gone to the Vidhan Sabha with their prepared speeches to corner the ruling party but they didn’t know about this abrupt decision of boycotting the session,” Sharma said.
Congress tried to give communal colour
“The Congress always cites itself as a secular party. Then, why Hindu leaders like Brahm Mohindra, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and OP Soni not given chance to give a speech in the session. This shows that the whole episode was scripted and the Congress has tried to give it a communal colour,” Sharma said.
He said chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s concluding speech was not what the Punjab people were expecting from their CM. “Captain’s speech gives an impression that he was under some pressure. Even his aggression during the speech was apparently artificial,” Sharma said.
He said the Congress members of legislative assembly, including local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were seen sharing hugs and handshakes after their speeches on the sensitive issue. “This behaviour shows how serious they were on this sensitive issue,” he said.
On asking what the BJP will do to help the SAD come out of this damage, Sharma said the BJP can only give moral support and that they are extending.
First Published: Sep 03, 2018 21:30 IST