Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said India should send out a “clear message” to Pakistan that it will not allow anyone to create disturbances in either Jammu and Kashmir or Punjab. Stating this during a Sangat Darshan of Phillaur assembly constituency here, the Deputy Chief Minister said the Punjab Government had already passed inputs regarding activities of ISI to disturb peace in the state to the Union Home Ministry as well as the National Security Advisor.
He said the nation has a “strong Prime Minister” who will give a “befitting reply” to Pakistan at an appropriate time. Replying to a question that Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh had claimed that his party’s fight was with AAP, Badal said he should first fight and defeat the congressmen to take on SAD as it will be “Congress versus Congress in the 2017 assembly elections.”
The Deputy CM said that the CBI was “satisfied” with the investigation details submitted by the Punjab Police in the Brig (retd) Jagdish Gagneja case, adding that the Punjab Government had requested the Union Home Ministry to speed up the investigation in the case. On the upcoming assembly elections, Badal said the party had already conveyed to 99 per cent candidates about the seats they were to contest on.
Taking a dig at different manifestos of AAP, he said they are “bundle of lies” as they had “thrown their manifestos of Delhi in the dustbin.” Badal asked “where were the commandos in Delhi to save women when the capital witnessed the highest crime rate in the nation.”
Reacting to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s decision to not float a political party the Deputy CM remarked “he is good only in his own field which is comedy.”
He said whether Sidhu forms a party or not, it would not make any impact on the prospects of the SAD-BJP combine as Sidhu had “lost” the trust of the people of Punjab by changing his stance on daily basis. Calling Congress leader Sunil Jakhar a “frustrated” man, he said he is issuing “irresponsible” statements against Akali Dal to make his political existence in the Congress.