The Congress on Sunday called Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal a double-faceted and a weak-kneed politician for failing to bring a resolution seeking clemency for convicted Khalistan militant Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in the just concluded Vidhan Sabha session.
Congress MLA Sukhpal Khiara,in a press statement,said that Badal was well aware of the political implications of demanding clemency for Bhullar in the run up to the SGPC elections. So,Badal announced that a resolution will be brought in support of clemency for Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to garner support of the Sikh masses. After romping home in the results,he made a complete u-turn on the issue. He has exploited the sentiments of Sikhs for cheap political gains, Khaira said.
Stating that Badal should have had the political courage to bring in a resolution if he and his Akali Dal were sincere in seeking clemency for Bhullar. The fact of the matter is clear now that Badal had raked up the clemency issue only for political gains in the SGPC elections and he was never interested in actually saving Bhullars life. The dichotomy of Badals stand is clearly evident from the fact that he continues to shield and offer patronage to vigilance chief Sumedh Singh Saini,who has been charged with the physical elimination of Bhullars father and uncle.
While defending Saini in the Supreme Court,Badal in an affidavit had labelled Bhullar a terrorist and hardcore criminal with a well-organized international base,the MLA said.
In fact,if Badal was ever serious to save Bhullars life,this resolution should have been brought in the Vidhan Sabha,when the clemency petition of Bhullar was pending before the Supreme Court. Whats more saddening is the abject surrender of Badal before his alliance partner BJP,which is backed by the RSS. Badal,throughout his political career,has cheated the Sikhs and Punjab on vital issues pertaining to the community and the state. It is now abundantly clear that the alliance of SAD with the BJP is nothing but a marriage of convenience,which has no common ideology, he added.