‘Majithia alone enough to sink Akali ship’
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Claiming that senior Akali leaders resented Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and his brother-in-law, Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday asserted that 'Majithia alone was enough to sink the SAD ship'.
"Senior Akali leaders are waiting for an opportunity to settle scores with Sukhbir and Majithia, who have grown too arrogant to accommodate or accord any respect to the senior leadership," he added.
Amarinder further said that SAD would disintegrate after the Moga bypolls. "The SAD has a record of destroying itself at regular intervals and the time had come for history to repeat itself."
'Jain went for his own development'
Meanwhile, terming the Badal family as dictators, former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who arrived in Moga on Saturday, said it was important for the people to teach them a lesson. She alleged that the Badal family had accumulated 600 buses within a span of six years and in the process, destroyed all public and other private transport firms.
She also slammed SAD candidate Joginderpal Jain — who defected from the Congress. "Jain defected for his own development and not for the people," Bhattal added.
'Stop crying wolf'
Dismissing Punjab government's claim of discrimination by the Centre, Union minister Manish Tewari Saturday asked the Akalis if everything was to be blamed on the Centre what was the state government meant for?
Tewari said, "The Akalis were most ungrateful when they accused the Centre of discrimination as their government was surviving only with the grants provided by it".
Addressing a public meeting at the Partap Road in support of Vijay Sathi, Tewari pointed out that every week Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is in New Delhi meeting the Prime Minister and other Union ministers seeking grants and aid.
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