The Punjab Congress today urged Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to first introspect high moral standards,before advising Manmohan Singh to resign.
In a statement issued here the Punjab PCC spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that it would be more advisable for Badal to lead by example. There have been two important occasions in Badals long political innings when he had to take a call to honour his own commitment and that of his party. During the assembly elections to joint Punjab in 1957,Master Tara Singh the then President SAD,had entered into a pact with UN Debhar,the then president of Indian National Congress. SAD was allotted a specific number of seats with a condition,that its candidates would contest on Congress symbol 24 Akali leaders,including Badal,were elected MLAs as per the SAD-Congress alliance? he said.
However,after a while feeling humiliated at the hands of the Congress,Singh gave a call to all elected Akali leaders to quit their assembly seats and return to SAD. Adhering to his directions,many Akali leaders,including Babu Atma Singh and Hargurnath Singh Mann,resigned their seats. But Badal did not resign and completed his full term as Congress MLA,merely for personal political gains. Where were his high moral standards then, Khaira asked.
Relating another incident,Khaira said,when SAD split in 1986 due to police entering the Darbar Sahib,Capt. Amarinder Singh and my father,late Sukhjinder Singh,resigned their ministerial posts in protest. 27 Akali MLAs formed a separate group. Badal said he would resign as MLA but never actually honoured his commitment.