Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ridiculed the party for indulging in "political theatrics" in the name of religion with their "farcical" display of regret over the "misdeeds" committed during their 10-years of misrule.
"I came to know about it only when Sukhbir Singh Badal called me to his residence in Chandigarh and informed about the plans on the morning of September 24, 2015. I warned him again any such move. I advised him to first consult all Sikh bodies and take them into confidence," said Avtar Singh Makkar.
Gurmukh Singh had also criticised SAD soon after the party accepted Dera Sacha Sauda’s political support in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections. Soon after, he was transferred to Haryana. No reasons were given.