He said the “complete failure and collapse” of the Congress government would remain the “main issue”. “No, because common people have come to know that Congress propagated these to divert attention from its failures. There is anger against the CM because he used religious sentiments to come to power. He cheated God and people,” said Badal, when asked if sacrilege and firing incidents will be the main poll issues.
His statement came in an interaction with journalists, after a SAD workers’ meeting in Jalandhar Cantonment.
Asked if he meant exploitation of religious sentiments on an issue like sacrilege, Sukhbir said, “No, the oath taken by the CM with gutka in his hand was the exploitation of religious sentiments.”
Responding to another query, he said people had not forgotten the issue of sacrilege or police firing, but they had realised that it was exploited by the Congress and it had no interest in solving the issue. “Bargari Mocrha was a drama created by the Congress. Now, Morcha candidates will lose security deposits in the elections,” he said.
Responding to query on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda and its controversial head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Badal said action should be taken if the dera was found involved in sacrilege incidents.
‘Not seeking Dera support’
SAD president Sukhbir Badal said his party would not be seeking the support of the controversial Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda for parliamentary elections this year. He said the Akal Takht had issued an edict against the dera and he would abide by it as a Sikh and SAD president. He claimed that SAD never asked for support from the Dera in the 2017 assembly elections. But, when informed that the dera had specifically announced support for his party and ally BJP in those polls, Sukhbir left. The SAD chief’s statement came a day after Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said the party would not seek the dera’s backing.