Dhindsa on Congress Stage

Religion has been the dominant theme of Punjab’s politics ever since the report of the Ranjit Singh Commission was leaked, and later tabled in the Assembly, in August. The commission had been set up by the Amarinder Singh government in April 2017 to inquire into all alleged instances of the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji over the previous three years. The report put the heat on the Akalis, especially Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal, who were in power when the police firing on protestors at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan occurred in October 2015. Badal senior was chief minister at the time while his son served as his deputy.It hasn’t helped that Sukhbir Badal “ran away” from a debate on the Ranjit Singh Commission’s report in the Assembly last month. There is churning even within the Badals’ own party. That at least is the meaning being ascribed to senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa quitting all posts citing ill health, and MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala and former minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan staying away from the Patiala rally.

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