Chandigarh, September 24, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Former Punjab Congress president and Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa today expressed the apprehension that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was getting dictated by some extraneous forces going by the way he had mentioned exoneration of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on the issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib.
He said he had freed Badals of their guilt on the issue of sacrilege by taking the line that they were not personally involved in this heinous crime. His denial to the contrary, the vital point in this entire narrative is that sacrilege is rooted in the very electoral politics of the Badal family. Bajwa said the damage he had done to the Congress in Punjab could not be undone through his well-thought out design of first playing the exoneration card and then issuing denial.
Bajwa said the exoneration of Badals had further reinforced the perception among the people at large in Punjab about complicity between Amarinder and Badals. He reminded the Chief Minister that he had taken oath holding Gutka Sahib to punish Badals for their crime of sacrilege but he had now violated his own pledge.
CM has stated that no time frame can be fixed for the investigation of the cases relating to sacrilege. This itself is evidence of the fact that the CM wants to save the Akali leadership. CM needs to clarify as to whether he is with the Sikh community and people of Punjab or merely wants to use religion as an instrument of his politics.
The Rajya Sabha member regretted that Amarinder had already accepted defeat in the four byelections in the state by saying these were not the Congress seats. He said this would only demoralise the party and the cadre.
“The Congress has been taking the Union government head on on the issue of slowdown in economy that has taken the country back by several years while Capt Amarinder Singh has punctured that onslaught by taking the line that there was no impact of slowdown in Punjab. He should stir himself out of the comforts of his house and visit at least Ludhiana that at one time was known as the Manchester of India”, Bajwa asserted. He asked how could Punjab remain insulated from the situation at the national level.
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