Chandigarh: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh strongly condemned the violence and intimidation resorted to by the Akali workers during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in Malout on Saturday.
“Such tendencies must be nipped in the bud as the electoral violence will be the worst thing that can happen to Punjab”, he warned.
“I am sure this must have been done personally at the behest of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who was also roaming around in the same district around the time”, Capt Amarinder said in a statement while holding Mr Badal responsible for the violence.
The PCC president said, this only reveals the frustration among the Akalis, particularly the Badals and that is the reason that they were trying to intimidate their political opponents.
“Better fight them politically than using physical force”, he asked Mr Badal, while warning against violent confrontation ahead of elections in the state.
He pointed out, while his goons were indulging in violence against the AAP workers at Malout, Mr Badal was himself sadistically enjoying his favourite pastime of Sangat Darshan in nearby Lambi.
Capt Amarinder reiterated his warning to the police against playing partisan role. He asked them to ensure peace and safety of everyone participating in the political process.
“We are living in a democracy and not a dictatorship and everyone has a right to convey his message and express his point of view”, he said, while asking the police to ensure that such things are not allowed to happen in future.
Let Badal swear at Akal Takhat
Reacting to Mr Badal’s denial about having signed the SYL file, Capt Amarinder suggested him the easy way out. “Instead of crying hoarse day in and day out that you did not sign the file, why don’t you accept my suggestion and swear at Akal Takhat and set at rest all questions and accusations of betrayal that keep on haunting you?” he asked Mr Badal.
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