Congress’ Amarinder Singh challenges `failed and absurd` Sukhbir Badal to come clean

Captain Amrinder Singh

New Delhi, Nov 21: Congress Deputy leader in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh on Saturday refuted the claims of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, and said the latter was just trying to justify the failure of his own government in Punjab.

Addressing the press conference, Amarinder said: “Sukhbir Badal has tried to justify the failure of his own government, and people in Punjab know truth. That is why he came to Delhi.”

Referring to the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, the religious congregation of the Sikhs held at Amritsar recently, Amarinder said that it is not a political organisation.

He further said: “Sarbat Khalsa is not political. One of our MLAs who went had resigned as Congress MLA, other went in individual capacity.”

Lashing out at the Akali Dal, Singh said that everyday Akalis are getting beaten up by public in Punjab and only yesterday one leader was beaten up.

Speaking on the allegation made by the Deputy Chief Minister over the Congress Party of having links with Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, Singh said that it was totally absurd as even the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) don’t have any information.

“That is absurd. So the IB and RAW don’t know and Mr.Sukhbir Badal knows?” he said, adding that the Akali Dal would not win even a single seat in Punjab if elections were held today.

Badal on Saturday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and suggested that the Congress party should be derecognized and declared as ‘anti-national’.

“We have requested the President to declare the Congress Party an ‘anti-national’ party and asked for its de-recognition,” Badal told the reporters after his meeting with the President.

He accused that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the Congress of trying to disturb peace in Punjab by participating and organizing rallies, along with secessionist and terrorist organizations.

(With Agency Inputs)

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