Ludhiana: Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in
Punjab today blamed the Congress for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
and gave a call to Punjabis to teach a lesson to the party and
its allies in the coming SGPC elections and the assembly polls
to be held in the state in 2012.
Addressing a gathering during Chhapar Mela near here, SAD
president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal
asked his party rank and file to rise above factional
feuds and work unitedly to ensure the defeat of Congress and
its allied parties in the coming polls to avenge the 1984
riots and the "attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib".
"No true Punjabi or true Sikh would vote for a party of
butchers that had burnt alive thousands of innocent Sikhs on
the streets of the national capital," the SAD leader said.
Accusing the party of giving protection to the "butchers
of Sikhs", he said it was shameful that even 26 years after
the massacre, not a single accused Congress leader has been
put in jail.
"It is when our (SAD) MPs shook Parliament exposing role
of Congress in providing protection to Jagdish Tytler and
Sajjan Kumar that the UPA was forced to book the latter,"
He also charged the Congress-led UPA with discriminating
against Punjab by not giving it its rightful share in the
Central taxes collected from the people of the state.
Earlier, talking to media the Deputy CM rubbished the
claim of the state Congress unit that the SAD-BJP alliance
government was surviving on central funds.
"Congress party should first check the facts that Punjab
was getting only 1.29 per cent of central taxes collected by
Union government from the people of Punjab and Centre was
holding the remaining 98.71 per cent of taxes collected from
the hard earned money of Punjabis," he said.