Chandigarh: Questioning the BJP`s "silence" on the Balwant Singh Rajoana issue, Congress on Wednesday accused the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of supporting the bandh called by different Sikh organisations in protest against his scheduled execution.
"Why is the BJP is silent (on the issue of Rajaona)...
they should clear their stand...its a serious matter...the
government is backing the bandh call," leader of opposition
Sunil Kumar Jakhar said in the state Assembly here during the
He asked the BJP to clarify how long it will be a partner
of SAD in Punjab. "A red alert has been sounded in the
state...yellow flags are forcefully fixed at top of houses of
people...where is the freedom of the people," he said.
Taking strong exception to the absence of leader of House
and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief
Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, he questioned "with Badal not
here who is the custodian of the House".
Congress will not remain silent on the issue of
maintaining law and order in the state, he said.
He alleged that a SAD MLA N K Sharma had been seen
clearly last evening helping protesters in the preparedness
for the bandh call.
Jakhar`s remarks resulted in animated arguments between
treasury and opposition members.
Intervening in the matter, Information and Public
Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who is
brother-in-law of Sukhbir, asked the Congress not to inflate
the issue as "all legislators are in favour of maintaining
peace and communal harmony in the state".
Seeking to clarify allegations against SAD MLA Sharma, he
said that the MLA was infact requesting the protesters
yesterday evening to maintain law and order.
"Congress is trying to inflate the issue," he said adding
that people of Punjab knew it who was responsible for
vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the state.