There is Badal’s hand in every incident of sacrilege: Capt Amarinder
MALERKOTLA (SANGRUR), August 24: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today reiterated that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has orchestrated every incident of sacrilege in Punjab to polarise people for his vested partisan interests without realising the disastrous repercussions it can have on the state.
Interacting with people of the Malerkotla assembly segment during the ‘Halke vich programme’ here today, Capt Amarinder said, there was a pattern in these incidents starting from the desecration of Guru Granth Sahab in Bargadi, followed by the desecration of Gita in Ludhiana and the Quran in Malerkotla. Besides, he pointed out, there was a well planned attack on Sant Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and no action has been taken against the culprits. He pointed out, even after so many weeks of murderous attack on RSS leader in Jalandhar no culprit had been identified, leave aside arrested. “It is impossible for the culprits to go scottfree if they are not enjoying the government patronage”, he remarked.
He said, once the Congress forms government each and every case will be investigated. “And I am sure every incident will lead us to the Badal’s door as he is quite capable of getting such things done”, he said.
The PCC president shared the concern of the farmers about the procurement of paddy and the right prices for the basmati. He asked the Chief Minister to clarify his plans about paddy procurement which looks so uncertain.
A number of people complained that they were slapped with false cases at the behest of local MLA’s husband Azhar Alam. Some of them wanted that the Congress workers should also be allowed to seek vengeance against the Akalis after party formed the government in the state. To this Capt Amarinder said, not only will he cancel all the fake FIRs, but those responsible for getting them registered, including Mr Alam will be brought to book. “You don’t need to take law into your own hands, I will take your revenge lawfully after forming the government”, he said.
With former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s talks with Aam Aadmi Party failing to materialise, Congress party has made a fresh offer to him, saying the Grand Old Party’s doors are always open for him.
If Sidhu is still unsure which way he should head politically after quitting the BJP, the doors of Congress are always open for him, Punjab chief Amarinder Singh was quoted as saying these words.
“Sidhu has the Congress in his DNA. His father was a general secretary of the party and remains a member. I know him since he was a boy,” Amrinder Singh said.
Reacting to the demands of local residents, Capt Amarinder promised that Malerkotla will be made a district after Congress forms the government.
He also announced that the medical college he had promised in Malerkotla during his previous regime, will be set up.
Besides, he added industry will be encouraged to set up projects so that the local youth get the jobs.
Maintaining that his government will provide equal opportunities to everyone, he said, due representation will be given to the members of the Shia-Muslim community. He also announced that there will be a gazetted holiday on Moharram.
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ms Razia Sultan was also present on the occasion.