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No say in SGPC affairs, Cong misleading people: Sukhbir 

Muktsar, January 14

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) kept its focus on the SGPC elections, rather than the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, during its Maghi Mela conference held here today.

Though the Badals highlighted the achievements of the Central government, they talked more about the SGPC, alleging that the Congress had stooped too low to seize control of the committee and trying to create a divide within the community by colluding with anti-Sikh forces.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal started his speech, saying, “The anti-Panthic forces are misleading the Sikhs by saying that the Badals have control over the SGPC. Its elections are held by a central commission and even votes are prepared by it. How can any party control it? Further, the elections are not just held in Punjab, but in Haryana too.” 

He also targeted Sikh hardliners calling them “money-minting people”. They (protesters at Bargari) had earned Rs22 crore during their months-long dharna, Sukhbir claimed.

He further trained his guns on Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, saying: “Manpreet will do something that the Congress will never come back to power in Punjab.” He said this after highlighting some schemes launched by the previous SAD-BJP government, but were either discontinued by the Congress or awaiting funds since long like shagun scheme, scholarships and free tubewell power supply.

On the Chief Minister, he said: “Capt Amarinder never goes anywhere in the state, whereas Badal sahib always remains among people,” said Sukhbir.

He appealed to party workers to visit every household in the state in the next two months, work hard and win all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal started his speech with a choked voice, but got the momentum within seconds. “The Congress is responsible for the 1984 riots and attack on the Golden Temple. Now, other parties are trying to take control over the SGPC,” he alleged.

He appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that he had a positive approach towards the state and Sikhs.

In his high-decibel speech, former minister Bikram Singh Majithia targeted Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu without naming him over his demand for additional security cover.

BJP leader Tikshan Sood represented the BJP in the rally. Though party’s state chief Shwait Malik’s photo was displayed on the hoarding, he failed to turn up.

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