The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said it was condemnable that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who could not control rapes in the national capital, was trying to stoke communal passions in Punjab by visiting Amritsar and Faridkot today.
In a statement here, senior SAD leaders including Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, said Kejriwal's visit to Punjab reflected a new low in politics in the country. "We fail to understand why a chief minister who has expressed his helplessness in controlling rapes in Delhi and whose five ministers have been embroiled in criminal cases, should try to disturb the peace in Punjab and create fresh trouble for a duly elected government".
The SAD said the entire sequence of events including interviews released to the social media before embarking on the visit and starting a hash tag today "AAPwithPunjab" indicated Kejriwal's visit to the State was purely political in nature. It said Kejriwal's actions were also that of a chameleon. "In Amritsar he claimed that he had come to express grief but immediately afterwards in Faridkot he incited people against the government".
Urging AAP and Kejriwal not to play with fire, the SAD leaders asked him why he had never visited Kashmir where anti national forces were always engineering incidents like the ones of sacrilege which happened in Punjab. They said similarly Kejriwal never visited dalits killed in Haryana or the families of girls killed in Uttar Pradesh.The leaders said all this was because Kejriwal wanted to take political mileage out of the unfortunate incidents in view of the 2017 assembly elections.
Urging the people not to fall prey to such cheap tactics, both Mr Maheshinder Grewal and Dr Daljit Cheema reminded Punjabis that Kejriwal had only given lip sympathy to their causes. They said Kejriwal had not formed a SIT to look into the genocide of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. "You know he has never cared to appoint a Sikh as a minister in his cabinet. You also know how much respect he has for farmers", the leaders said while reminding the people as to how AAP leaders had instigated a farmer (Gajender Singh) to commit suicide for petty political gains.
Telling Kejriwal to try to govern in Delhi where things had gone from bad to worse under his stewardship instead of dreaming of governing in Punjab, the SAD leaders said AAP's actions today would only help anti national forces who wanted to destroy peace and communal harmony in the region