SHIROMANI AKALI Dal (SAD) president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal Thursday hit back at Navjot Singh Sidhu for his nepotism jibe, where the former MP slammed the Badals for “one-family rule” in the state, questioning if Sidhu himself was not promoting his own family in politics.
“Does Sidhu want his family at the helm of affairs? Does he want his and his wife’s (BJP ‘s Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s) rule?” Sukhbir told The Indian Express, while reacting to the remarks made by Sidhu during the launch of Awaaz-e-Punjab forum in Chandigarh Thursday.
In Mohali, while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function to hand over appointment letters to 4,500 teachers, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal termed the fourth front formed by Sidhu as a “bunch of fugitives and defectors”. Badal said “those people who had deceived their mother party could never be loyal to the state and its people”.
“These people neither have any vision nor any commitment for the well-being of the state.”
Badal said “Sidhu worked with the same government and was elected MP during the same government against which he was spitting venom today”.
“Why did he not raise these issues while he and his wife were part of the government”.
“Sidhu has lashed out at Kejriwal for offering ticket to her and telling him to only do campaigning. Is this not promoting what Sidhu calls nepotism and one-family politics? It is not that only father-son categrory falls in one family politics, the husband-wife category too falls in that,” SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra said while talking to The Indian Express.
Sidhu, during a press conference Thursday, said he had bid Kejriwal “Sat Sri Akal” after the latter told him he should campaign for the party and his (Sidhu’s) wife should contest and she would be made minister.
Navjot Kaur Sidhu Thursday attended first day of the 13th session of 14th Vidhan Sabha where the first day was dedicated to obituary references. She also attended a joint meeting of SAD and BJP legislators after the session. Her presence in the Vidhan Sabha and in joint meeting of legislators was the talking point among SAD and BJP leaders.
A top SAD leader went on to say that he was “never so confused as he was today” after he saw Kaur in the assembly and subsequently in the meeting at a time when Sidhu was announcing new forum.
“I have no idea. I know nothing thing about it,” Kaur said when she emerged out of the joint meeting of SAD and BJP legislators and was asked about the press meet by Navjot Sidhu that was beamed live on Facebook.
SAD, meanwhile, is happy that Sidhu has turned heat on Kejriwal. “Pehlaan Kejriwal de parde Akali Dal te BJP ne udherne si. Hun Sidhu vi saadi help karega (SAD and BJP were to expose Kejriwal. Now Sidhu will also help in that),” said Chandumajra.