Chandigarh:Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and ex-Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal took oath as MLA’s in the Speaker’s chamber on Monday in Chandigarh. The former chief minister, who took oath at 12:25 pm, requested the Speaker Rana KP Singh to allow him not to attend the session as he wasn’t well. Badal informed the Speaker that he had fallen and fractured his rib cage due to which, he would not be able to attend the current session.
The former CM while addressing the media said that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will opt for a wait-and-watch policy before taking on the ruling party on any issue. “We want to give them some time before reacting to anything and will not interfere in any proceedings,” said Badal.
On being asked about the SYL issue, Badal said that SAD will give unconditional support to Congress on the issues where it will work for the interest of the people of Punjab.
Answering a question regarding the proposed CPS bill by the Congress, former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Shiromani Akali Dal will oppose the CPS Bill in the Vidhan Sabha.
“Congress opposed the recruitment of CPS when we were ruling and now they themselves are appointing them, moreover, the Supreme Court has given guidelines regarding the appointment of CPS, so how can Congress do anything against the law,” said Sukhbir.
It is pertinent to mention that Sukhbir Singh Badal will also remain absent throughout the first session as he was headed to Delhi on Monday in order to campaign for BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa from Rajouri Garden who is contesting by-election after Jarnail Singh resigned early this year to contest Punjab Vidhan Sabha polls.
Talking about Congress’ sweeping performance in the recent polls, Sukhbir said that the media created hype in favour of AAP and Congress being the key players, taking Shiromani Akali Dal out of the game which led to such a huge victory of Congress.
“Since the media had taken SAD out of the game already, people had to choose between AAP and Congress and they chose Congress because people had hatred for AAP,” said Sukhbir.
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