Badal clan ‘misused’ Punjab and the ‘Panth’ for their petty personal ends: AAP
Chandigarh, June 18
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesperson and Talwandi Sabo MLA, Prof Baljinder Kaur, has accused the Badal family of playing the ‘panthic’ card for their petty personal and political ends.
In a statement issued from headquarter here on Monday here, Prof Baljinder Kaur said that the Badals had been using the ‘Panth’ for their petty personal and political ends, saying that the people of the state must keep a watchful eye on their ‘move’ to using the ‘panthic’ card. The AAP leader said that colossal damage the Badal clan and its acolytes had done to Punjab and the ‘Panthic’ organizations was an open secret now. Examples were a dime a dozen, she said.
Prof Baljinder Kaur said that post the incidents of desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the Behbal Kalan firing incidents and their (The Badals) names figuring in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report, the sensational revelation made in the case by Giani Iqbal Singh had proved that they could go to any extent to grab power in the state.
The AAP leader said the Badals, during their 10-year long regime and the powerful ‘mafia raj’ had caused a Himalayan damage to the state, economically, socially and religiously, et al, saying that they rendered the state cash-strapped. They tried to divide the people of the state on the basis of caste, colour and credo using the ‘panthic’ card with intent to garner votes.
Prof Baljinder Kaur further added that they grabbed power in the state by harping on the ‘Panthic’ tune, Punjab, Punjab’s water share, transfer of Punjabi speaking-areas to Punjab, and the 1984 Sikh riots. On the contrary, as and when they came to power, they observed silence and kept these burning issues under the wraps. Now they had against harping on the same tune, she said.
Slamming SAD Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal for his utterances on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and one of the accused in the 1984 Sikh pogrom, the AAP leader said that if his intentions to bring those behind this act to justice were genuine, he should expedite the matter to put them all, including Jagdish Tytler and others, behind the bars by bringing their alliance partners’ government at the centre on board on the issue.
Similarly, he should also take up issues pending for a pretty long time now with the union government, like special industrial package for Punjab at par with certain hill states, remunerative price for crops as per the Swaminathan report, and other issues state was wrestling with, she added.