Badal should not interfere in DSGMC affairs, says Capt

Following Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal's allegations that that the Centre was interfering in Sikh affairs, state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) has every right and authority to run its affairs the way it wants and questioned Badal's stance on the issue.

Amarinder hit out at Badal and said the chief minister was unable to take control of affairs in his home state and hence was trying to meddle in other states. The Congress chief attended a religious function at Nurmahal dera Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan (SJJS) in Jalandhar and a function to mark the death anniversary of former Parliamentary Secretary Parkash Singh in Nawanshahr.

Reiterating that the appointment of Justice Jaisingh Sekhon as the Punjab Lokpal was against the very spirit of the institution, Captain said that the Akalis had hijacked the anti-graft body.

Talking to reporters after attending a function at Nawanshahr, he said that there was apprehension that while on the one hand, the Lokpal will overlook the wrong doings of the Akalis, on the other, it may falsely implicate Opposition leaders, particularly those belonging to the Congress.

"Akalis did not have any vision for Punjab and they continue to be driven by selfish motives," he said before adding that while the Centre had sanctioned 3 specialised medical institutions for drug de-addiction and the treatment of cancer, the Punjab government instead of setting them up in affected areas, particularly the Malwa region, have taken it to Mullanpur near Chandigarh, "to ensure that the value of Sukhbir's land increases."

On the possibility of a alliance, Amarinder said nothing had been discussed or decided as yet, as it was too early.

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