Bhattal digs her heels in, cries political vendetta
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A day after the Punjab government issued former chief minister and leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal a notice to vacate the official house, the Congress leader said she was being victimized.
Addressing media persons at her residence here on Sunday, Bhattal said forcing her out of her house amounted to political victimization and it is one in the series of tribulations that the Badal government had put her through.
"I have been slapped with two false cases, both during Badal's regime as the chief minister. Now the latest tool of oppression they are using against me is to throw me out of my house," she said.
Bhattal, who has been reduced to being an MLA after Sunil Jakhar replaced her as the new Leader of the Opposition, has been asked to vacate the house that was allotted to her 20 years ago by the state government.
"If the Punjab police says that I have no threat to life, I am ready to vacate this house and live in a tent outside the chief minister's residence. But I will vacate this house only when everyone in the state, including politicians and bureaucrats who are occupying houses unauthorizedly, vacate their houses," said Bhattal.
"This house is not the house earmarked for the leader of the opposition. When Badal was the leader of the opposition, he occupied house number 50 here. That is vacant. That house can be given to the leader of the opposition," she added.
Alleging that this "move" of the Badals to ask her to vacate the house so that it can be given to Jakhar was an ugly attempt by the Akalis to cause a rift between Congress leaders, Bhattal said, "The Akalis are quite adept at playing such games."
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