Parkash Singh Badal : Kejriwal does not know Punjab
Chandigarh: Accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal of being an outsider, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said that Kejriwal could neither differentiate between wheat and paddy crop nor among anti-Punjab Congress and pro – Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal.
Talking to reporters on sidelines of Sangat Darshan program in Raikot assembly segment here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that Kejriwal’s repeated utterances regarding a compromise between SAD and Congress reflects that he not only has scant knowledge about Punjab’s geology and topography but also about State’s polity.
Badal said that every Punjabi knows that Congress was sworn enemy of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) adding that any compromise with Congress was unimaginable. He said that Congress party was solely responsible for ruining the State by meddling in its social, economic, political and even religious affairs and no Punjabi could ever forgive it for these sins.
The Chief Minister said that while it was on record that Akali leadership was put behind the bars by successive Congress Governments, everyone also knows that Kejriwal became Chief Minister of Delhi first time by taking support from Congress. “Kejriwal was just trying to mislead the people by making such frivolous statements,” Badal said, adding that wise people of State would not get swayed away by tantrums of the Delhi Chief Minister as they know well that Congress and AAP were two sides of same coin.
Earlier, addressing the gatherings during Sangat Darshan in village Sudhar, Halwara, Barhundi and Raikot, the Chief Minister the Chief Minister said leadership of both Congress and AAP was just raising ‘hollow slogans and false promises’ with a single aim of assuming political power in the State. He said that both these parties were trying to mislead the people of State by unleashing malicious propaganda. Badal said that both Congress and AAP were vary of the interests of State and were least bothered about the interests of its people.
Slamming the Congress party for its anti-Punjab stance, the Chief Minister said that the Congress was inimical to the State from day one as it denied Punjab of its legitimate territorial rights in terms of its Capital, share in river water besides attacking Durbar Sahib thereby hurting the religious sentiments of the Punjabis in general and Sikh community in particular. Likewise, he said that the Sikhs could never forgive the Congress for the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 in which thousands of innocent Sikhs were brutally killed.
The Chief Minister said that like the Congress party, AAP was also suffering from the anti-Punjab syndrome which has been exposed by the policies pursued by it in Delhi. Citing the examples, he said that AAP Government in Delhi discontinued teaching of Punjabi language in schools, didn’t observed a holiday on sacred Baisakhi festival, demolished the piau outside Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib and above all have submitted an affidavit against the State in Apex court on SYL issue. Badal said that disguised in robe of Aam Aadmi (common man), these people were working overtime against the interests of the State.