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Thank Rahul for reminding BJP of coalition dharma: Jakhar to Badals

Jakhar said Rahul had emerged as a major threat to the BJP which had totally ignored the principle of cooperative federalism.

punjab Updated: Jun 07, 2018 09:46 IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
BJP national president Amit Shah,Punjab chief minister,Parkash Singh Badal
Punjab Congress head Sunil Jakhar (HT File )

Taking a dig at the upcoming meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah with former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal on Thursday, state Congress head Sunil Jakhar said the Badals should thank Congress president Rahul Gandhi for reminding the saffron party of the importance of allies and coalition dharma.

Addressing a press conference here, Jakhar, who is also Gurdaspur MP, said the arrogance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah had been crushed by the results of recent bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and the Congress’ performance in Gujarat and Karnataka. “The poll reverses have jolted the BJP. It is now trying to reach out to its allies, whom it had completely sidelined in the past four years. Badal should write to the Congress president thanking him for reminding the BJP of coalition dharma,” he said.

He said Rahul had emerged as a major threat to the BJP which had totally ignored the principle of cooperative federalism. “The BJP believes in neither cooperation nor federalism,” he said.

Throwing yet another salvo at the Akalis, Jakhar said the Badals should not be “awed” by Shah’s decision to come and meet them. “Both Badal and his son (SAD president) Sukhbir Badal should use it as a golden opportunity and stand up at least once for Punjab’s interests and welfare. As a seasoned leader, Badal should question Shah on crucial issues such as the plight of farmers, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, rising petrol and diesel prices, the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) issue as well as pendency of ₹1,617 crore for post-matric scholarship for SC students. They should not be satisfied with another cabinet berth the BJP might offer to placate them before 2019 elections,” he said.

He was flanked by cabinet ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria besides Congress Punjab in-charge Harish Choudhary and MLAs Kuljit Nagra and Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon.