Jalandhar, Punjab: The mud-slinging match between Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency candidates Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Manpreet Badal hit a new low on Thursday with Punjab deputy chief minister and Harsimrat’s husband Sukhbir Badal calling their rival and kin a “thug”.
Talking to mediapersons, Sukhbir said Manpreet was indulged in several “thuggian” (cheating activities) during his finance minister days. Sukbir used the contemptuous adjective for his cousin a day after a Chandigarh-based trader alleged that Manpreet got one of his commercial property vacated by implicating him in a false case.
“It is not the only case where Manpreet had indulged in shady things, there are other cases also including grabbing a petrol pump in Bathinda,” Sukhbir said.
“Manpreet ‘thuggian’ maarda riha hai, tussin mere kahe tey na jao, aap pata kar lao (don’t go by my words, you can check it yourself),” Sukhbir said, adding, “He is an old thug”.
Asked why he kept mum on the issue and did not speak earlier when Manpreet was committing excesses or defrauding people, Sukhbir said his relation with Manpreet was such that he never interfered with his working. “I have also come to know about these issues just now,” Sukhbir claimed.
Attacking former CM and Amritsar LS candidate Captain Amarinder Singh, Sukhbir said he had gone to Amritsar as a guest. “He holds his first rally at 1:30pm, second at 4:30pm, third at 6pm and then in his bedroom,” Sukhbir said, claiming that Amarinder was not cut out for tough electoral battle but was an easy going royal.
Sukbir claimed that SAD-BJP alliance would win all the 13 seats.
Though just 11 days are left for campaigning in Punjab, SAD has not yet released its manifesto. When asked about it, Sukhbir said the manifesto was almost complete but there were a few changes and had been sent to the press. He said it would be released in a day or two and would focus on national issues.