Chandigarh: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal asked Union home minister Rajnath Singh to investigate the funding of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by extremist elements living abroad, stating this was being done with the sole aim of destabilizing Punjab before the 2017 assembly elections.
In a letter to the Home minister, Badal requested Rajnath Singh to launch an immediate investigation into the huge amount of money being received by AAP from radical elements residing in North America, Europe and Australia. He said a thorough investigation of the money chain would unravel and expose those who were trying to disturb the hard won peace of Punjab through incidents of sacrilege and violence.
The Deputy CM said AAP Convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had virtually revived the radical groups who had been completely marginalized in Punjab by initiating a dialogue with them. He said this was unbecoming of a person who held a constitutional post and opened him to questions about the sinister purpose of such meetings. “According to our information an understanding was reached that AAP would hand over the SGPC to the radical Sikhs in lieu of support from them to win the next assembly elections”.
He said it was under this understanding that radical elements collected together under one fold to organise so called Sarbat Khalsa conference to open a front against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). He said AAP supported the radicals in this venture and even the features of the website used for this event were incorporated by AAP for its own site later.
Mr Badal said later incidents of sacrilege had also implicated AAP with its Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav being arrested for master minding a sacrilege incident in Malerkotla. He said besides this the State government also had intelligence that radical elements were behind a number of other sacrilege incidents in Punjab in which blasphemy was committed against the Sri Guru Granth Sahab ji. He said there was also intelligence that radical elements were targeting important personalities for assassination in Punjab. He said the assassination attempt on Punjab RSS vice president Brig Jagdish Gagneja was part of this conspiracy.
The Deputy CM said he had conveyed this information to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval earlier. He said he was following up this with this letter as there was a real threat to Punjab due to the support being given to the radical groups and their cause by AAP leaders one of whom – Jarnail Singh had even addressed a Khalistani function in London. He said open support from AAP which was already receiving funding from radical elements residing in various foreign countries would embolden them to destroy the peace in Punjab. He said this should be stemmed immediately as this motive was in league with anti-national elements who wanted to strike out at India by destabilizing Punjab.
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