Moga, Punjab: PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa today slammed Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for conferring the title of “Sardar” on his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi at a time when hundreds of Sikh families in Gujarat were facing eviction.
He said Badal had got no right to represent the Sikh community as a whole. “It should be the prerogative of the Akal Takht Jathedar to award such a noble title,” he said.
Addressing a party gathering at Baghapurana in the district, Bajwa lashed out at Badal for “leaving Sikh farmers of Gujarat in the lurch” alleging that the SAD-BJP Government had compromised the interests of the farmers for vested political and business interests of the Badals.
He said Badal met Modi in Ahmedabad last week, but didn’t take up the issue of Sikh farmers. He said his media team had merely issued a statement citing an assurance by Modi not to displace the farmers. He said the assurance was self-contradictory since his government was not willing to withdraw its appeal filed in the Supreme Court against the decision of the Gujarat High Court given in favour of the farmers.
Quoting BJP MP from Amritsar Navjot Sidhu that the SAD-BJP Government was building castles in the air, he said the financial position of the state was worsening with each passing day. He alleged the government had been running its affairs with the central funds or by selling government properties. He demanded a white paper on the economic position of the state.
Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar also flayed the SAD-BJP Government for “causing an economic disaster” in the state.
Source: The Tribune