SAD president Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal said that it was a great and tragic irony that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is talking about the people of his state in terms of anti-India forces in Punjab at a time when the entire country was standing up to salute our patriotic heroics and sacrifices in defending the national borders against China and Pakistan.
The SAD president scoffed at Captain Singh’s “fake bravado against outfits like SFJ”, saying that history was a witness that in the past the origins of all such outfits had been traced to Congress.
Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a rejoinder to Amarinder’s latest statement defending arrests of Sikh youth under UAPA, “First, you send your right-hand men like Ramanjit Singh Sikki on the stages of separatists at the so-called Sarbat Khalsa at Chabba where Khalistan resolutions are passed, and then you start your shallow-dramatic breast-beating on threats to national unity and integrity.
“The people of Punjab especially the Sikhs have seen through your hypocritical games as well as your fake nationalism. The community that you shrewdly and cunningly want to defame as “anti-India” just because they support the SAD has seen these games by you and your party bosses in Delhi in the past and will not be befooled. Nor will be our brave and patriotic Punjabi Hindu brethren. Don’t try to divide two sisterly communities. It is a dangerous game and has cost the country dear in the past,” he added.
The former Deputy CM said that he was surprised that instead of retracting his steps and desisting from creating the anti-national bogey against the Sikhs and disowning the Indira Gandhi narrative which he had suddenly pulled out of archives yesterday, the Punjab Chief Minister Captain has in fact gone one step farther and has suddenly started seeing “a threat to the country from anti- Indian forces” in Punjab.
Does he not realise that the moment he utters the expression “anti-India forces in Punjab”, he is putting the lives of millions of Sikhs living outside Punjab in serious danger, as had happened in the 1980s? What image of Punjabis will non-Punjabis form after reading Captain’s opportunistic references to “anti-India forces in Punjab”? Does he even realize that his words run against the national mood in which Sikhs are being seen as martyrs and heroes of Galwan? “