Punjab CM Amarinder and Sukhbir Badal engage in Twitter war: Here’s  how it unfolded
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Punjab CM Amarinder and Sukhbir Badal engage in Twitter war: Here’s how it unfolded

While Amarinder accused the SAD of going the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) way of street politics, Sukhbir Badal reminded the chief minister of his own street protests by posting a photo on Twitter.

punjab Updated: Dec 11, 2017 13:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Amarinder Singh,Sukhbir Badal,SAD protests
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal (left); and Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh(right).(HT Photos)

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal hurled accusations at each other on Twitter on Sunday over cases registered by the state government against the Akali leaders after they blocked the national highways across the state for two days.

While Amarinder said the SAD had violated the law by blocking the national highways and caused inconvenience to people, Sukhbir hit back by charging the state government with “murder of democracy” by not letting people file their nomination papers for the municipal elections and declaring his resolve to expose it.

The two leaders posted a series of tweets, taking potshots at each other, in a spar triggered by the high-stakes municipal polls. The Akalis had taken to the streets on Thursday in protest against the alleged attack by Congress activists on its workers at Mallanwala, besides registration of “false” cases against some party leaders.

Amarinder was the first one to have a go on Twitter by accusing the SAD of going the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) way of street politics and learning no lessons from Arvind Kejriwal and his party’s poll routs. “Right to protest is indisputable in a democracy. But the way @officeofssbadal @Akali_Dal blocked the national highway was not only illegal but against the interest of the people. Not the sign of a healthy opposition!” he tweeted.

The CM also posted that blocking national highways does not just cause hardship to people, it cuts off the strategic supply line of our armed forces in Kashmir and other areas, thus undermining our defence strength. “And despite their claims of being guardians of Sikh religion, @officeofssbadal @Akali_Dal also don’t care that blocking highways obstructs pilgrims going to Sri Harmandir Sahib. Only thing they care about is their vested interests,” he posted in one of his five tweets.

Sukhbir Badal, who is among the 1,500-odd Akali leaders and workers booked for putting road blockades across the state on Thursday and Friday, was quick to respond with a string of tweets without mincing words.

“Your goons forced us to come on roads by beating, shooting and not allowing people to file nominations in municipal polls,” he tweeted, tagging the chief minister. Reminding the chief minister of his own street protests, the SAD president posted the photograph of a Congress protest with the caption: “@capt_amarinder-And here’s a pic of you blocking a road. Whom are you trying to fool? SAD will continue to protest for people’s rights.” Sukhbir also asked Amarinder not to adopt a holier than thou attitude.

Amarinder did not let Sukhbir’s allegations pass. “If Akali Dal nominees had been stopped from filing papers they would have grabbed the extra day given by the EC to submit papers. Fact is nobody turned up, clearly expose your blatant falsehoods,” he replied, asking the SAD chief to stop perpetrating lies.

Here is what Captain Amarinder said in a series of tweets:

Here is how Sukhbir responded to Amarinder Singh:

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 17:09 IST