Will Sukhbir Badal take back defamation case against Kejriwal, asks Congress
Taking a dig at the Akalis for coming to the assembly in black robes, Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said all mafias under their 10-year rule will be probed by the Captain Amarinder Singh government.Updated: Jun 25, 2017 09:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
A day after the Punjab budget session ended on Friday, the war of words continued between ruling Congress and the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, state Congress president Sunil Jakhar demanded an unconditional apology from both opposition parties, the SAD and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), accusing them of playing a “fixed match” in the state assembly.
“They reduced the august House to a battleground due to their inter and intra-party power struggles. They should tender an unconditional apology for undermining the sanctity of the House and the Speaker,” he said.
Jakhar lobbed three questions at SAD president Sukhbir Badal saying the answers to these would “expose the nexus between SAD and AAP”.
He asked Sukhbir if he will withdraw defamation case against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who had accused his brother-in-law Bikram Majithia of drug smuggling. Secondly, will he apologise for using derogatory words against the speaker and thirdly will Parkash Singh Badal come to the assembly to take charge of the Opposition.
Taking a dig at the Akalis for coming to the assembly in black robes, he said all mafias under their 10-year rule will be probed by the Captain Amarinder Singh government.
“Have patience, you would be dealt for your misdeeds,” he said, adding that the Congress government will not be vindictive but no mafia would be spared.
He targeted former CM Badal for not been coming to the House because the Akali Dal had been relegated to the third slot.
“I would urge the speaker and the CM to create an honorary opposition leader’s position in the House to accommodate senior Badal!” he said.
First Published: Jun 25, 2017 09:40 IST