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Why have you given political shelter to Bargari sacrilege accused – Sukhbir Badal asks Kejriwal

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Chandigarh, February 2- Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor Arvind Kejriwal to tell Punjabis why his party had provided political shelter to the prime accused in the Bargari sacrilege case.

In a statement here, Mr Badal said not only were the two bothers – Rupinder and Jaswinder, who were still accused in the Bargari sacrilege incident supporting AAP, but they were also invited to AAP stages to woo voters. “Kejriwal says his government will punish those responsible for the sacrilege at Bargari if his party comes to power. Why then is he supporting both brothers who are still named as accused in the Bargari sacrilege incident. It is clear that Kejriwal is in truck with hard liners and that is why he has refused to reject the support of Rupinder and Jaswinder”, he added.

Mr Badal said Kejriwal also continued to support Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) terrorist Gurinder Singh Ghali and even claim there was no case against him. “Not only is Ghali involved in grave crimes he is presently also accused of attacking and injuring a lady in Amritsar”. He said it was shameful that Kejriwal was defending a terrorist who had thrown chopped tails of cows in temples to create communal tension in Punjab”.

Calling Kejriwal a cunning liar, the SAD president said “you may lie with a straight face and try to implicate others but the people don’t believe you any longer as they have caught you out repeatedly. Now you have to explain to the people why you have been consorting with radicals to spoil the peace in Punjab. Failing to do so will prove you want to push the State back to the days of turbulence solely for support from the radicals and their sympathisers”.

The SAD president said in direct contrast to Kejriwal for whom even national integrity was not sacred, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was synonymous with peace and communal harmony. “I urge the people to reject all separatist forces and strengthen the hands of Badal Sahab who has taken all sections of society with him in the path to progress”.

Mr Badal said in direct contrast to the negative campaign of both AAP and Congress, the SAD had run a positive campaign highlighting the development done by it. “We have delivered on our promises. I assure Punjabis we will deliver on all the promises made to them be it waiving off loans of farmers, giving Rs 100 bonus on wheat and paddy to providing houses to houseless and subsidised sugar and ghee”.

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