Holding his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal squarely responsible for Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents, chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh has vowed “to go at the Akali patron hammer and tongs and fix him”. Amarinder dismissed Badal’s statement that he was ready to swear that he did not know about the police firing as a “gimmick”. He said Badal was trying to divert public attention from his role in the incident.
“It was not possible that Badal was not aware of the police firing. How is it possible that the CM did not know? Former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini had clearly stated before the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission that Badal had asked him to disperse the crowd forcibly” said Amarinder
“As per the commission’s findings, 22 calls were made to Badal before the firing took place. If something happens in my state, then as CM I cannot take refuge in such lies and should be thrown out if I am not aware of what is happening right under my nose,” Amarinder told mediapersons.
Again calling Badal an “expert liar and outright coward”, Amarinder dared him to open a debate on sacrilege and firing incidents.The CM said Badal is used to running away whenever he has to face the people, and recalled that when Sikhs were under attack at the time of Operation Bluestar, the former Akali Dal chief had “run away” to Uttar Pradesh.
“The people of Punjab are fully aware of the Badals’ strategy of inciting communal clashes in the state ahead of any election. Akalis were playing into the hands of Pakistan’s ISI, which wanted to disturb Punjab’s peace,” he added.