Capt Amarinder to take on Badal on home turf Lambi to ‘expose his real face’ on sacrilege

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The Chief Minister will hold a rally in Lambi, the Assembly constituency of Badal, in the last week of September, after the Zila Parishad elections in the state, a spokesperson said here on Sunday

The Hush Post: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to take on Akali veteran Parkash Singh Badal on the latter’s home ground in Lambi for ‘misleading the people of the state’ on the sensitive issue of cases of sacrilege.

The Chief Minister will hold a rally in Lambi, the assembly constituency of Badal, in the last week of September, after the Zila Parishad elections in the state, a spokesperson said here on Sunday.

The spokesperson said Captain Amarinder had taken serious note of Badal’s ‘continued and willful attempts to create communal unrest’ in the state through his ‘deceitful statements’ on the report of Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh.

The Chief Minister said that ‘Badal had a habit of raising communal passions by spreading a web of lies and misusing religion every time around the elections.’ He ‘vowed to expose the Akali leader’s real face’ to the people of Punjab.

The former Chief Minister had been trying to spread disinformation campaign on the issue of Bargari sacrilege and the firing-incidents in Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura, said Captain Amarinder.

He further said that Badal ‘was clearly desperate to divert public attention from his own role in these cases.’ He also lambasted the former SAD chief for ‘exploiting the religious sentiments of the people to protect his interests’.

‘Badal misused religion for political gains’

Badal has always misused religion to further his political ambitions and agenda, said Captain Amarinder.  ‘Fortunately, however, the people of Punjab had seen through his attempts to destabilise the state and had voted him and his party decisively out of power’, he added.

With the parliamentary elections now around the corner, Badal was once again trying to whip up communal passions in a desperate bid to retrieve the lost political ground for his Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Captain Amarinder said. The findings of the Ranjit Singh Commission had further fanned his fears, not just of total political oblivion but also of strict legal action for his shameful crimes, prompting him to once again resort to desperate measures to trigger unrest in the state, he added.

The Chief Minister made it clear that he would not allow Badal to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the state at any cost, and would expose his mal-intentions through the proposed rally.

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