Chandigarh, April 30, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal described the incidents of violence and communal flare up in Patiala as a “matter of grave concern and anxiety” and said that these were the direct outcome of “the utter administrative incompetence and reckless political opportunism” which have become the hallmarks of the present rulers in the state.
“In a matter of just a few weeks, they have undone the fruit of decades of sacrifices of Punjabis for peace and communal harmony and brought the state to the edge of a dangerous communal precipice. This is the direct outcome of the politics of confrontation and communal hatred that AAP has been practising in Punjab in recent years,” said Mr Badal in a statement here this afternoon.
The Akali president asked the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to understand the gravity of the situation and to shun the politics of mindless sensationalism, cheap theatrics and address the issues of the state and its people with sober and responsible approach to governance.
In a significance observation, Mr Badal reminded CM Mann that the Punjab tragedy of the 1980s and 90’s had been caused by the reckless opportunism of some “non-Punjabi politicians trying to control Punjab from Delhi. “You must be watchful that history does not repeat itself here. “Mr Badal also asked the AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and his team to understand that a sensitive border state like Punjab cannot afford their “ambitious opportunism and adventurism.”
Mr Badal appealed to all Punjabis to resist divisive ideologies and political opportunists who are out to keep them divided to be able to rule over their destinies.
The SAD chief, however, said that his party will ‘wholeheartedly and unhesitatingly welcome and support any meaningful initiative which Bhagwant Mann or his govt took for the restoration of Punjabi unity, peace and communal harmony. “Where peace and harmony are concerned, we are all in it together; Politics can wait.” Mr Badal also appealed to the Chief Minister to take every community, section and every political party along for ensuring peace and harmony in the state.
The Akali leader said that the Chief Minister acted in a cowardly manner by blaming his officers for the Patiala developments. Rather he should have shown “personal integrity” in owning moral and political responsibility for his own and his government’s abject failure to understand and act in time to pre–empt the gathering storm.
“He preferred to hide behind his officers and blamed them for not solving a problem which had been created by his own and his colleagues’ political failure to defuse the situation in time.” This, he said, had made people wonder if the government and the Chief Minister even understand the intricacies of governance in a sensitive border state.
The SAD chief came down heavily against the Chief Minister for his “mindless utterances” blaming the opposition political parties for the crises. “Mr Mann needs to realize that there is difference between the theatre of cheap entertainment on the one hand and the serious business of governance involving the destiny of crores of people on the other.
“While blaming the opposition for the Patiala incidents, the Chief Minister completely forgot that only hours before that statement, he had himself blamed his own administration and even “punished” the officers for their “responsibility” in the matter. He needs to make up his mind on who is really to blame for what happened,” said Mr Badal.