Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday asked chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to also include his own name in the list of Congress leaders being investigated for patronizing gangsters by releasing a photograph in which Capt Amarinder Singh is seen inducting notorious gangster Harjinder Singh Bittu Sarpanch into the Congress party during electioneering in 2017.
Stating that the chief minister’s statement today in which he tried to link gangster Harjinder Bittu with Akali leaders as a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, the SAD President said “now please forward this photograph as well as many others which we are putting in the public domain today to the DGP. This evidence will help the DGP in finding out the real politicians who are in league with gangsters and are using them for their political motives. Please also forward this photograph to Governor VP Singh Badnore so that he also understands how the Congress used gangsters in the run up to the assembly elections for political benefits and is now repaying them at the cost of the people of the State”.
Stating that the chief minister would find it difficult to be called for questioning by his own DGP, Mr Badal said the SAD would request the Governor to prevail upon the government to order a CBI inquiry into the issue. He said besides one picture of Capt Amarinder inducting Bittu, the SAD would also forward another picture of dreaded gangster Pardeep Sandhu joining the Congress party in the presence of the chief minister, also in 2017.
Mr Badal said it was strange that the chief minister had decided to release few old photographs of Bittu in random clicks with SAD leaders but forgotten that he had given political shelter to Bittu on the eve of government formation in 2017 by inducting him into the Congress party. “For the record, Bittu joined the Congress party after his attempts to secure an entry into the SAD were snubbed. There is no place for goons in the SAD, but the opposite seem to be true for the Congress party in which Capt Amarinder Singh himself welcomed gangsters into the party fold with open arms”.
The SAD President said now the desperation of the chief minister in defending Jails minister Sukhjinder Randhawa was also clear. “It is clear that the Congress party has entered into an alliance with gangsters to settle scores with their political opponents. Simultaneously under an agreement with these anti social elements the government has giving shelter and freedom to them to operate freely from jail premises. Taking action against Randhawa will break this unholy alliance and this is why the CM has come out so strongly in favour of the Jails minister despite mounting evidence of his role in protecting and sheltering gangsters”.