Khadoor Sahib Byelection: ‘Issue of desecration not over’

SAD’s Ravinder Singh Brahmpura spoke to the Indian Express on his victory and political situation in Punjab, which goes to polls in 2017

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Published: February 17, 2016 1:58:53 am
Khadoor Sahib Byelection, SAD, Ravinder Singh Brahmpura , political situation in Punjab, punjab politics, 2017 polls, punjab news Ravinder Singh Brahmpura

How do you analyse your victory?

It is a victory of a nine-year long good governance provided to the state by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president and Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. It is a victory of development agenda. We are going to win the 2017 Assembly elections in a similar manner. All the ongoing development works will be completed in next six months and people will themselves vote for us.

Does your victory mean that there is closure on the issue of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib?

No, I will not say that. But it was a wrong decision of Congress to boycott the election. It will be writing in black ink that a democratic party run away from elections. I understand the pain of Ramanjit Singh Sikki on desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Bath village. I was also equally pained. Everybody was pained. But it was wrong to make it a political issue. That too by Sikki because he represents a party which attacked Akal Takht.

There was anger among people in the state over the issue of desecration. Do you think your victory would have some effect on people’s perceptions?

Not at all. All those culprits responsible for desecration will be punished by law and will be sent behind bars. In fact, those culprits are from Congress party, which destablised the state in 1984. Congress backed such elements to divert the attention of people from SAD’s development agenda. The issue of desecration is not over. It is the responsibility of the state and society to punish the culprits.

So you think that people would no longer make their political decisions on the basis of their hurt sentiments over desecration issue?

Why should they? Actually people want punishment for the culprits. CBI has been investigating the issue and culprits will be punished. People want peace and harmony in the state. Development is possible with harmony.

Are you satisfied with your victory margin?

I am satisfied with the margin. It is true that the voting percentage remained low due to boycott by the Congress.

So was the Congress successful in its objectives?

No, a 5 per cent voting doesn’t make any difference. But Congress has written a black chapter in history for itself by boycotting this election. We fight on ground and people have also voted for me due to the reputation earned by my father, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, who has served people for years.

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