Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday said the Congress party had acted as per a script to divert attention from its failures and befool Punjabis and asked newly-appointed Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu to give definite timelines for fulfilling the promises made to the people instead of resorting to empty bluster.
The SAD also condemned outgoing PCC President Sunil Jakhar for stating that the road to the re-election of the Congress in Punjab ran through Bargari and Behbalkan, the places associated with the heinous cases of sacrilege.
It said there could not be a stronger proof of the party’s contention that Congress had played politics on this issue in conjunction with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2017 and was going on the same dangerous road again on the eve of the 2022 assembly election.
It said Jakhar had only reiterated what he had said one month back that Rahul Gandhi had directed the chief minister to frame the Badal family in the sacrilege cases.
Addressing a press conference here, former minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said both newly-appointed Punjab Congress President Navjot Sidhu and chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh were guilty of deceiving the people of the State.
“It is now becoming increasingly clear that the quarrel between Sidhu and the chief minister was a stage-managed one to divert the attention of the people. An effort is being made to save the party’s sinking ship by effecting a change in the PCC President and a two-month-long drama was also played out with this in mind,” Shiromani Akali Dal leader said.
Daljit Cheema said “it is clear now that the actual fight in the Punjab Congress was over the distribution of the spoils of power. Now that a promise has been taken by the high command that the proceeds of corruption will be distributed equally, the warring parties have buried the hatchet and are claiming this as a victory”.
Asserting that Navjot Singh Sidhu could have run away from giving timelines for completion of the promises made to various sections of people, Cheema said “people are asking when the Rs 85,000 crore to complete farm loan waiver will be effected”.