Meanwhile, Darshan Singh Brar said it is the Congress government, which is saving the youths of Punjab by eradicating drugs and eliminating gangsters who were prospering under SAD. “This itself shows which party has real gangsters,” said the MLA.
Presiding over a meeting of party functionaries, former MLAs and others, Badal said besides contesting the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections on the party symbol, the party would also contest the Ludhiana municipal corporation polls.
The delegation also called for strict action against officials who had coerced members of the Sikh community in Hunga district of Khyber Pakthtunkhwa to convert to Islam.
“Akalis are not afraid of FIRs. Akali Dal is a party whose leaders had faced jail term without even registration of cases. You are trying to scare us with FIRs.”
The SAD president held one-to-one meetings with the SGPC members who owe the allegiance to SAD.
Meanwhile, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal started his campaign for the Gurdaspur by-election Monday by claiming that Langah was no longer associated with the party.
The former deputy chief minister said the fact is that these acts of sacrilege were a part of a deep-rooted conspiracy against the then Akali-BJP government and the Congress was its prime suspect.
SAD secretary and spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said that meeting will deliberate on strategy to be adopted for the poll, preparations and duties to be assigned to leaders of different districts.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh warned former state deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal to desist from engaging in provocative statements and deeds that could disturb disrupt the state’s peace and stability.
During Harcharan Singh’s initial days in office too, his appointment was strongly opposed by former Hazuri Ragi Baldev Singh Vadala, founder of Sikh Sadbhavna Dal. Baldev Singh had strongly objected to the appointment of chief secretary on a salary of Rs 3 lakh per month and also levelled personal allegations on Harcharan Singh.
As the question hour began, SAD president Sukhbir Badal and AAP legislature party chief H S Phoolka demanded an apology from the Speaker and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for “denigration” of Sikh values in the Assembly which they said had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs.
Navjot Singh Sidhu said the Akalis were in no position to lecture him about decorum because they themselves had been abusing the Speaker and hurling paper missiles at him. “I am not a coward. Facts will not cease to exist if they are ignored.”
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal was in Amritsar to attend a meeting with SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar and other members on this issue on Monday evening.
Punjab election results 2017: The Congress will return to power after ten years.
Rumours of Kejriwal moving to Punjab gained fervour after Delhi deputy chief minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia told an election gathering to vote in the February 4 election assuming that Kejriwal would be the chief minister of the state.