Speaking for the first time after Sukhbir Badal took over as the Deputy Chief Minister,former CM Capt Amarinder today said that earlier too,the junior Badal was the de-facto CM and not Parkash Singh Badal.
Many of the decisions of the government were taken by him only. By making him deputy CM,the senior Badal has legalised the acts of Sukhbir, Capt Amarinder Singh said. Earlier I did not comment on the issue (elevation of Sukhbir as Deputy CM),as I consider Sukhbir a non issue, said the former CM,paying the junior Badal in the same coin. At the Republic Day function in Patiala,Sukhbir Badal had termed Capt Amarinder a non-entity.
Capt Amarinder Singh,who had come to appear in the Ludhiana City Centre case,said,Even we had appointed Rajinder Kaur Bhattal as deputy CM during our government. But we did so quietly,and did not waste money like the Badals did recently at the swearing-in ceremony of Sukhbir. That function was merely a wastage of public money.
Capt Amarinder,who is the chairman of the election campaign committee of Congress,said that PPCC will set up a panel for selecting candidates for each Lok Sabha constituency,and then the party high command will announce its candidates. My job is to campaign for the party and to convince the people to vote for Congress, Capt added.
The former CM was accompanied by his son Raninder Singh,their close relative Raminder Singh Richy,former Cabinet minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh and some other senior leaders of Congress. Later the case was adjourned for March 14. A number of Congress leaders and supporters had come to the courts premises in support of the former chief minister.
Meanwhile,in a major respite for Harpreet Sandhu,former Additional Advocate General (AAG) of Punjab,the International Bar Associations Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI),United Kingdom,has urged the Indian government to ensure protection to Sandhu over his implication in the LCC case,and being made a victim to face the heat of the political rivalry of the present and former chief ministers in Punjab.
Raninder tries to emerge from fathers shadow
Standing behind Capt Amarinder Singh,his son Raninder Singh showed some signs of trying to come out of his fathers shadow. While Capt Amarinder Singh was replying to the media queries,Raninder Singh tried to made his own points and also to defend his father. When mediapersons asked Capt Amarinder that Akalis had announced their candidates for LS elections,Raninder was prompt to intervene,They (Akalis) hold just breakfast meetings and not serious ones. Again when the former CM was asked about Raninders claim on the Bathinda LS seat,Raninder Singh said,I am eager to contest from there.