Umesh Dewan & Aman Sood, Tribune News Service
Patiala , September 9. Notwithstanding the BJP viewpoint, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the state government would introduce a resolution in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, seeking clemency for Prof Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who is on the death row.
Addressing SGPC election rallies at Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib and Bassi Pathana, Badal said: “The BJP is a separate political party and may have a different view on the matter. However, in Punjab the BJP is a partner in the SAD Government and we will certainly table a resolution in the assembly seeking clemency for Bhullar.”
The Chief Minister said Panthic Morcha candidates for the SGPC elections were indulging in false and baseless propaganda against the SAD candidates at the behest of the Congress. Addressing a gathering at Amloh, from where Akali candidate R S Khalsa is contesting, Badal said the Congress had always claimed it was a secular party but was not.
“The Congress has always tried to meddle in the Sikh religious affairs to create unrest with the sole objective of drawing political mileage and to cause damage to the Akali Dal. But the Congress will not be able to succeed in its nefarious designs”, he thundered.
Addressing another rally at Fatehgarh Sahib, from where G S Randhawa is the SAD candidate, Badal said SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann was a Congress agent. “It is better not to pay any heed to Mann’s utterances because he has no concrete agenda, except attacking the Akali Dal for vested interests”, he said.
At the election rally in Bassi Pathana, from where R S Cheema and Avtar Singh are in the fray, Badal said Punjab was on the road to progress under the SAD-BJP regime. On the WikiLeaks revelations, the CM said: “Nothing of it is true,” he said.