Monday, November 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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It’s sheer vendetta, says Badal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, reacted strongly to the registration of a case against his senior party colleague Gurdev Singh Badal for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. “This is broad-daylight vendetta. Everyone in Punjab knows that Mr Gurdev Singh is being punished for his son’s refusal to be blackmailed during the SGPC elections.”

Mr Badal said he was shocked to see that a man holding the august office of the Chief Minister was indulging in the kind of filthy idiom. He responded to the Chief Minister’s threat of wielding the stick to deal with the Akalis. He ridiculed the Chief Minister’s threats to the SAD and the claims that he knew the Akalis and knew well enough how to deal with them.

Mr Badal said he had thought that the Chief Minister’s “shameful” experience in failing to browbeat the Akalis in the SGPC poll with the full might of his police and civil administration might have taught him the desired lessons.

“The Chief Minister says he should be judged by the same yardstick as the Akalis. Although he does not deserve this honour, but let me assure him that he would be repaid in the same coin he is using for us,” said Mr Badal.

He accused Capt Amarinder Singh for injecting a dangerous confrontation and social tension in the polity of the state. There was an urgent need to put an end to this situation as soon as possible or the state might drift into a serious crisis. 

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