Daduwal, Mand are Congress puppets: Sukhbir Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal on Sunday accused radical Sikh preachers Baljit Singh Daduwal and Dhian Singh Mand of being “Congress puppets”, once again raking up an issue that rocked Punjab’s monsoon session.Addressing SAD’s controversial rally at Faridkot, Badal claimed he had bank statements to show Daduwal received payment of Rs 16 crore, while Mand made a land purchase of Rs 20 lakh—both transactions he hinted were suspicious.Also addressing the rally that sparked a tussle between his party and the state Congress government, former minister Bikram Majithia drew parallels between Punjab Government denying them permission for the event and the National Emergency former prime minister Indira Gandhi called in 1975.SAD’s senior vice-president Mahesh Inder Grewal accused Congress and Aam Aadmi Party of using sacrilege incidents to “exploit religious sentiments in the state” and called Justice Ranjit Commission “fraud”.The commission recently indicted SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal for having ordered police firing at peaceful protests during anti-sacrilege protests in 2015 while he was chief minister. The rally sparked a tussle between SAD and the Congress state government over permission for Sunday’s rally. The battle reached Punjab and Haryana High Court, which ruled in favour of SAD.
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