Muktsar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Thursday that the exit of veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath as incharge of Congress in the state has vindicated the stand of the SAD that the 1984 Sikh carnage was a deep rooted conspiracy of the Congress to butcher innocent Sikhs. Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a Sangat Darshan program in Malout assembly segment, he said that Kamal Nath was reluctant to accept this post because of his ‘guilt’ owing to his role in the massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs.
Badal said Kamal Nath could not muster the courage to face the people of state who were aware of his role in this barbaric holocaust of Sikhs. Terming that national civil aviation policy 2016 will prove to be a big boon for the state, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the airport at Adampur near Jalandhar would soon get operational. He said that the state government had been constantly taking up this issue with the Government of India (GoI), adding that the NDA government had finally given a big gift to the state in the shape of the newly unveiled policy.
Replying to a query regarding the press conference by state Congress chief Amarinder Singh in New Delhi, the Chief Minister said that these were tactics of the Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar to run away from his much hyped announcement of holding ‘darbars’. He said that Capt could not bear the scorching heat in the state, so he was indulging in such sort of tantrums to escape from his earlier announced on ‘darbars’. The Chief Minister said that there was no law and order problem in the state as the SAD-BJP government was committed to promoting the ethos of communal harmony, peace and brotherhood in the state.
Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that the state government has made elaborate arrangements to ensure continuous power supply to the farmers during ongoing paddy season. Later, he addressed public gatherings at Rupaana, Mehrajwala and Khaane ki Dhaab villages.
Respect Kamal Nath’s decision: Capt Amarinder
Chandigarh: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that he respected the party general secretary Kamal Nath’s decision to opt out of Punjab. In a statement issued on Thursday, Capt Amarinder lashed out at the Akali Dal, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party for their vicious campaign against Kamal Nath, just because they had nothing else to say about their own achievements and had tried to find an easy target. “We all know that the Akalis are the most hated party in Punjab and the AAP myth has already exploded in Delhi and people are already disillusioned with it and hence they tried to find a soft target in Kamal Nath”, he said, while adding, his decision to opt out will go well with the party and the people of the state, who know it very well to what extent these political parties can go to malign their opponents.
Challenging all these parties to prove their allegations against Kamal Nath, he said, they had no right or authority to pronounce someone guilty and malign his image for petty partisan and vested interests when he had already been exonerated by two commissions of inquiry probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as also when no complaint had been made against him till 2006 when it was made at H S Phoolka’s behest. DP
BJP, AAP joined hands to target Sheila: Capt
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Thursday alleged that BJP and AAP have ‘joined hands to target’ Sheila Dikshit following speculation that she may be made the party’s chief ministerial face for next year’s Assembly polls in politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. “Kejriwal and his party had cried hoarse about the alleged corruption of Delhi’s former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, but had found nothing during their 15 months’ rule,” he claimed in a statement here. “Now suddenly they woke up and charged her of corruption and surprisingly the Lieutenant Governor took no time to forward the complaint to the ACB.
Both Modi and Kejriwal have ganged up against Congress and their true colours have been revealed,” Amarinder alleged. A report of a fact-finding panel on the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scam linking Dikshit was today forwarded to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for investigation. The report by a committee of the Delhi Jal Board was sent to Jung by the AAP government for probe by either CBI or Delhi’s ACB following persistent demand by city BJP leader Vijender Gupta. PTI
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