Attacking the ruling AAP over the clashes in Patiala, Congress said on Sunday it could not escape responsibility for the “ruined” law and order situation in Punjab and asked why its national organizer Arvind Kejriwal “hesitated” to appeal for peace.
Congress leader Alka Lamba alleged that with the Aam Aadmi party now in full state government, Delhi’s chief minister was using the police against his political opponents.
Lamba, who had been summoned in connection with an “inflammatory statements” case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, appeared before Punjab Police in Rupnagar on Wednesday.
Attacking the AAP, she recalled that Rahul Gandhi called on the people of Punjab in the parliamentary elections to vote bearing in mind that Punjab is a sensitive border state.
“We have seen a lot of violence and sacrifice in the history of Punjab, we cannot take it lightly,” she told reporters at the AICC headquarters in Delhi.
Delhi’s chief minister keeps saying that since police and law and order are not in his hands, he can’t do anything in Delhi, Lamba said.
“Today, law and order is completely breaking down in Punjab. The Khalistan supporters were there, they are there. the government is there,” she said.
“Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Ji not sending a single tweet calling for peace anywhere shows fear that if you comment on the violence in Patiala it will anger your Khalistan supporters,” he said. she alleged.
“I think both governments (in the Center and in the state) are playing with fire because Punjab is a border state. They cannot shirk their responsibility, and neither will Congress allow them to do so. “said Lamba.
Two groups had clashed in Patiala on Friday during an anti-Khalistan march, throwing stones at each other and brandishing swords, forcing police to fire in the air to bring the situation under control.
With the arrest of six more people, the number of defendants arrested so far has reached nine, police said.
Lamba also accused the AAP of peddling “soft Hindutva”.
Referring to AAP’s plan to float “tiranga shakhas” in Uttar Pradesh on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) lines, Lamba said AAP leaders are offering all such programs on RSS lines and “unfortunately” involve the national flag in their “pretext”.
“Their thinking (RSS and AAP), their methods are the same. One walks the line of radical Hindutva, the other wants to follow soft Hindutva. But it’s a secular country,” he said. she declared.
“This country will be ruled by the independence given in the Constitution and not by the modalities of the A, B, C, D teams of the Sangh and the BJP,” Lamba said.
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