Jan 28: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal’s family saying that his son (Sukhbir Singh Badal) is an “icon of corruption”.
While addressing a rally in Punjab’s Jalalabad, Rahul Gandhi said that “Sukhbir Badal is an icon of corruption. The biggest corruption in any state of the country is occurring in Punjab.”
Ravneet Singh Bittu, a Congress MP from Ludhiana, is pitted against Sukhbir Badal from Jalalabad assembly seat for the February 4 assembly elections.
Questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims of fighting corruption, Rahul said: “Modi should explain why is he supporting Sukhbir if he is fighting corruption?”
“Sukhbir Badal claims he is protecting the Sikh religion and ideology of Guru Nanak Dev. But Sukhbir and the Akali Dal say everything is theirs,” the Congress leader said. He alleged that Badal family has acquired all the business in Punjab and were getting the commission from liquor trade.
“The Badals have finished all industry in Punjab. They don’t allow people from other countries and states to invest and start industry here. The industry has moved to other states and Punjab youths are rendered jobless,” Rahul said.
He said the youths were being denied government jobs by the Badal government. The Congress Vice President also attacked Kejriwal and urged the people to not support the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
“Punjab needs a Chief Minister from Punjab. (Arvind) Kejriwal runs Delhi like a dictator,” he said.
He reiterated that Congress Punjab unit chief Amarinder Singh would again be the Chief Minister if the party returns to power in Punjab.
On Friday too, Rahul Gandhi had slammed Modi as well the Akali Dal on the corruption issue.
“Modi talks about corruption and religion at various places. But how can he stand with the corrupt Akali Dal leaders and talk of fighting corruption?” Gandhi had said at an election rally in Akali stronghold Majitha in Amritsar district.
The 117-member assembly will go to polls on February 4. The counting of votes will be held on March 11.