Jalandhar, July 16
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal on Friday said that his government did not withdraw the 2007 blasphemy case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Sukhbir Badal was here for an event where the members of Democratic Party of India offered support to SAD-BSP alliance. Asked if he now regretted having taken back the blasphemy case at that time, he replied, “Apna record check kar lo. Asin koi case wapis nhi laye. Tusin date check karo. Case udon wapis hoya jadon code lag gya si. Votan nu do din reh gye si. (Please check your record. We did take back the case. You must check the date. The case was withdrawn when the election code had been imposed. There were just two days left for voting)”.
The Akali president repeated his statement, “Let me clarify that no case against the Sirsa dera chief was taken back during our tenure. Actually, Congress government was expected to come back to power at that time. There seems to be a wrong perception created on the matter.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Party of India president Parshottam Lal Chaddha offered unconditional support to the SAD-BSP alliance.
Chaddha said the SAD had always stood for the poor, labourers and backward sections of society.
“I appeal to the Dalit and backward communities to collect under one umbrella to strengthen the pro-Punjab and pro-poor forces. Such an opportunity to form a government which guarantees safeguarding the interest of the poor and backward sections will not come again. We should not lose it at any cost”.
Sukhbir Singh Badal added, “Our aim is to collect all sections of society including farmers, poor, labourers and traders under one platform.”
BSP leader Dr Nachattar Pal was also present on the occasion.
On the Congress, Sukhbir said the ruling party was busy with resolving infighting leaving the people of the state to their fate.
He said this had been proven by Navjot Sidhu that he had all along been working to topple Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and had done nothing for the welfare of Punjabis.
“Show me one achievement of Sidhu as a minister,” he asked.