Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today accused the Congress of fanning unrest in the state by encouraging anti-national elements and secessionist forces.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Mr Badal alleged that the Congress has created an alliance with separatists.
“Everyone knows what Punjab went through in the 80s. Congress under Rahul Gandhi is trying to create the same environment in Punjab. Congress has created mahagathbandhan (alliance) with separatists. They want to disturb peace of state and country. All these organisations are with Pakistan or ISI,” Mr Badal said.
“Everyone knows how it started and in order to fight Akali Dal, the Congress encouraged certain elements which then went out of control and that led to full 15 years of disturbance in Punjab which even threatened the nation’s integrity. Today, Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is trying to create the same environment in the state of Punjab,” Badal said.
He also accused the Congress Party for creating an alliance with the terrorist organizations, having links with Pakistan’s ISI, just for the sake of political gains.
“The Congress is showing its true colours and it is an anti-national party,” he said.
Mr Singh said, “It is natural for Sukhbir and his father to feel frustrated that when Rahul Gandhi is hailed and welcomed with open arms across Punjab while going on padyatra. The Badals cannot even dare to venture out lest people thrash them like their ministers.”
Mr Singh said that the presence of a huge gathering in Amritsar was “anger” against the government which was portrayed by the Akali Dal as a pro-Khalistan movement.