Sheila hits back at Badal: Do not interfere in Delhi gurdwara affairs

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Saturday strongly refuted the charge that the Delhi government had any thing to do with the violent clash that took place between the two factions of the Akali Dal at Gurdwara Rakabganj Delhi on Thursday .

"There is nothing political in this episode. It was a clash between the two groups of the Sikhs, which is being politically exploited. Police is investigating the incident," Dikshit said in Ludhiana.

She also rubbished the claims of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who in a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had blamed the Dikshit-led Congress government in Delhi for being hand in glove with Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Talking to the media here she said: "Badal should not interfere in the affairs of Delhi Gurdwara elections."

She also attacked Badal for "disturbing the weather of Delhi" as Punjab farmers continue burning their paddy fields after harvest.

"The Punjab CM should rather work on controlling the menace. Even a NASA report has confirmed that the burning of paddy straw is causing environmental hazards in and around Delhi," Dikshit said. She was here to preside over a function organised on the eve of 123rd birth anniversary of Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Dikshit who arrived late for the function, said a thick blanket of smog had covered Delhi in the morning delaying her flight. She blamed the pollution created by Punjab farmers for the smog in Delhi.

In reply to another question, she described Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as a leader of the future but said that it was premature to say at this time as to who would be the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 elections.

She also ruled out mid term saying the UPA government will complete its term.

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