Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab: A huge rush of devotees at the Shaheedi Jor Mela in Fatehgarh Sahib. Not paying any heed to the Akal Takht Jathedar’s advice to political parties to maintain religious sanctity at the Shaheedi Jor Mela, SAD leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, indulged in mudslinging and Congress-bashing while addressing a gathering here today.
Interestingly, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar also spoke on the same podium, although he did not make any political comments.
Addressing a press conference, Sukhbir said with Congress MLA from Moga Joginder Pal Jain joining the SAD, a hiatus had started in the Congress and “you will see regular desertions from their camp”.
Making an indirect reference to the recent incident in the Vidhan Sabha following which Congressman Rana Gurjit Singh was suspended, Majithia said: “Our gurus have taught us that it is not right to bear cruelty at anyone’s hands. I have never reacted to allegations against me. Some even call me a ‘goonda’ or a murderer. But I cannot tolerate anyone dragging my mother’s name”.
Mahesh Inder Grewal, adviser to the Chief Minister, said: “Religion and politics are the very essence of Sikhism. It will not be correct to address our community during a religious occasion and not mentioning the wrongs in our society”. SAD general secretary Balwant Singh Ramoowalia also took a satirical dig at the Congress and its national leaders. Others present on the occasion included Bibi Jagir Kaur, Speaker Charanjit Atwal, Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Bhunder and Jathedar Tota Singh.
Sukhbir said Fatehgarh Sahib would have a stadium in the name of Baba Zora Singh and Baba Fateh Singh by next year.