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Amarinder, Badal Jr. continue with their verbal duel

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‘Punjab Dy CM must tender unconditional apology’

The war of words between senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh and Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal continued on Sunday, with former asking Mr. Badal to tender an “unconditional apology” to the large number of people who had attended the recently held ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ in Amritsar.

Capt. Singh, who is Congress’ Deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, alleged that Mr. Badal had termed as “anti-national” the large number of people who attended the recently held religious congregation, though SAD president “has now retracted saying they are not anti-national.”

“By one mindless utterance borne out of frustration you have tried to brand any entire community as anti-national for which you must apologise,” the Congress MP from Amritsar said.

“What about the damage you have caused to Punjab and Punjabis’ pride and prestige nationally and internationally by terming a religious gathering as anti—national, just because they showed anger and resentment against you and your failures?” he asked in a statement here.

Notably, Mr. Badal earlier on Sunday said Capt. Singh was again redefining the meaning of anti-national to suit his political interests in the same manner as he had done after visiting the unofficial headquarters of the ‘Khalistan movement’ at Dixie Gurdwara in Canada in 2005.

Reacting to a reported statement issued by Capt. Singh in which he said the November 10 congregation was a religious one and not political or anti- national, Mr. Badal said the gathering was definitely not anti-national but all the leaders occupying the stage were.

About his visit to Dixie Gurdwara in Canada, Capt Singh said: “Yes I had the courage, conviction and confidence to visit that Gurdwara and put forth my point of view which people there listened to attentively.”

He dared Badal Jr. and his father to show same courage and visit the same gurdwara to present their point of view.-PTI

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