A day after suspended SAD leader and Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh strongly attacked Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in a letter to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD president spoke in praise of the hockey Olympian on Saturday, saying he had always been fond of him.
Replying to queries of mediapersons on the second day of sangat darshan for villages falling under Balachaur constituency, Sukhbir said,”Pargat is a nice man. I am fond of him as I brought him into politics and gave him the ticket to contest in 2012.”
For the first time, Sukhbir also claimed that Pargat had earlier given his consent to be appointed as the chief parliamentary secretary but later backtracked. The deputy CM had suspended Pargat from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), accusing him of anti-party activities. He had stated that Pargat was in touch with other parties. However, the SAD president never elaborated on the 'anti-party' activities for which Pargat was suspended.
Pargat, in his letter, had termed the decision "illegal, illogical and dictatorial" and taken with a "sick mentality". He had also mentioned land and sand mafia active in Punjab and accused the deputy CM of coupling money and muscle power with his arrogance.
Sukhbir also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party, calling it a "rabidly anti-Punjab party” that was "hobnobbing with radical elements”.
He said AAP’s source of funding needs to be thoroughly probed by the central government, and the party would meet the same fate as PPP in the coming Assembly polls, plagued as it was with internal feuds.
Over the stand of his party if an adverse judgment came in the Supreme Court, Sukhbir hinted that there were no plans of his MLAs resigning like the Congress legislators. "We can protect the waters of the state if we remain in the government. We would not let our authority finish at that crucial time.”