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Squarely blames Congress for martyrdom of Longowal
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Assails Congress for anti-Punjab stance
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Reiterating that Punjab has the sole right on capital city of Chandigarh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said everyone knows that Congress has done grave injustice with state by snatching our capital from Punjabis. Interacting with the media on the sidelines of a state-level function to observe death anniversary of Harchand Singh Longowal here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that there was hardly any parallel to it that the parent state has been devoid of capital as in case of Punjab. He said that despite of announcing the handing over of Chandigarh to Punjab in Parliament the-then Prime Minister had backtracked from it. Badal said that not only this but even the state was also divested of Punjabi speaking areas and its legitimate share in river waters by the then Congress government. “Nobody can deny this fact that being the parent state Punjab has the sole right on its capital city of Chandigarh,” he added.
Congratulating the members of Indian Olympic squad P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for bagging medals for the country, the Chief Minister said it was a matter of pride for the entire country that both players had brought laurels for the entire country. However, he said that we all must introspect as why despite of huge population our medal tally was not impressive. Badal underscored the need for starting special sports courses to tap the potential of players at tender age to enable them to perform better. “We need to catch them young so that world class players can be produced,” he added. On another query, the Chief Minister said that MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu was like his daughter. He said that the allegations leveled by her regarding non execution of development works due to political interference were completely baseless. Badal said that these allegations were totally irrational as massive development was going on in the state.
Earlier addressing the public gathering, the Chief Minister squarely held the Congress responsible for martyrdom of Longowal. He said that the Congress had back-stabbed Longowal by not fulfilling the accord made with him. Badal cited the non-implementation of terms and conditions of accord led to killing of Longowal.The Chief Minister said that Longowal made the supreme sacrifice of his life for the sake of peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state. Badal said that the SAD-BJP alliance government was working tirelessly to uphold these ethos as a humble and befitting tribute to Longowal. He said that while the Congress has always pursued the policy of divide and rule for their vested political interests, the SAD-BJP alliance has always upheld the ethos of communal harmony, peace and brotherhood. Earlier in his address, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal launching a scathing attack on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that Naxalite elements had infiltrated the party which comprises of outsiders trying to capture power in Punjab at any cost.
Badal shedding ‘crocodile tears’ over Longowal: Capt Amarinder
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was shedding “crocodile tears” over the death of Harchand Singh Longowal.“Shedding crocodile tears now is not going to wash your sins,” he told Badal while holding him responsible for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Longowal’s assassination in 1985.
“Badal betrayed him and backed out of the Rajiv-Longowal Accord that eventually led to his assassination,” Capt Amarinder said while rejecting Badal’s allegation during a function that Congress was to be blamed for Longowal’s assassination.
“Either you have lost your conscience or you have lost your memory as otherwise you wouldn’t be blaming others for the crime, you very well know, you are yourself guilty of,” the PCC president told Badal, while asking him, “didn’t you reject the Rajiv-Longowal accord and didn’t you raise the emotions and provoke people that led to Sant’s martyrdom.”
The former chief minister challenged Badal to deny that he did not reject the accord. “Otherwise apologise to Punjabis for betraying Longowal and being responsible for his martyrdom,” he told Badal.The PCC president said Badal pushed Longowal towards signing the accord and later backed out at the last moment.“Not only did you back out, you opposed it so vehemently and maliciously and exploited the sentiments of people and provoked them to the extent that Longowal had to pay with his life,” he reminded Badal.
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