Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that the latter “ran away” and didn’t attend his party’s conference at Talwandi Sabo as he had no answer as to why he “betrayed” the Punjab’s farmers by siding with Haryana on the SYL Canal dispute.
Quoting a statement from the Food Processing Minister, PTI reported that this could be the only reason for giving the Baisakhi-day political conference a miss by Kejriwal.
In Bathinda’s Talwandi Sabo, ruling SAD, the AAP and the Congress organised separate political conferences on Wednesday.
Sanjay Singh, who’s in-charge of AAP’s Punjan affairs, had hailed the crowd at his rally saying this was a sign of party’s phenomenal success in elections next year.
The Delhi CM had attended the Maghi mela and was until recently visiting Punjab on every given opportunity, she said.
“Mr Kejriwal had also announced at the Maghi mela he would make an important announcement on Baisakhi,” she said, adding he behaved like a “coward” by missing the conference.
“He says one thing but does the opposite. He is the master of double speak. He said he supported Punjab on the SYL Canal issue but filed an anti-Punjab affidavit in the apex court over the issue,” she charged.
Similarly his minister presided over a meeting held with the express purpose of demolishing the water kiosk at Sisganj Gurdwara, she alleged.
“He knew he had been exposed on both the issues and that’s why did not have the courage to attend the Talwandi Sabo conference,” she added.
She said Kejriwal had announced he would file a fresh affidavit in the court over the SYL Canal issue on April 11 but is yet to do so. “He should immediately tell whether he would file a pro-Punjab affidavit,” she stated.
“Punjabis want you to spell out your stand on the SYL Canal issue and also tell why you lied to them that you were with them even as you contradicted your statement upon reaching Delhi and even took an anti-Punjab stand in the Supreme Court,” she added.