Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday afternoon tore the BJP to power in connection with the farmers’ protest, accusing its former ally of being “the real” tukde-tukde gang “and the destruction of national unity by” maliciously pushing the Punjab patriot into communal flames “for political gain.
Mr Badal – who led Akalis in the BJP-led Democratic National Alliance in protest of farm laws – also said the BJP was “shamelessly” inciting violence between Hindus and Sikhs.
“The BJP is real tukde tukde country band. It shattered national unity to pieces … shamelessly inciting Hindus against Muslims and now (desperately) establishing (ly) peace-loving Punjabi Hindus against their Sikh brothers, especially farmers, “Mr Badal told a rally in Amritsar.
“I am pushing the patriotic Punjab into communal flames,” he warned.
BJP is real #TukdeTukdeGang in the country. He shattered national unity to pieces, shamelessly inciting Hindus against Muslims and now desperately establishing the loving peace of Punjabi Hindus against their Sikh brothers. # farmers. I push the patriotic Punjab into communal flames. pic.twitter.com/7adwVmoDgj
– Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) December 15, 2020
Mr Badal’s attack on the BJP underscores the current bad blood between the two sides.
Akalis used to highlight their relationship with the BJP as the one that ensured peace in the Punjab after the bloodshed of the 1980s and blamed Congress for the disharmony between Hindus and Sikhs.
Punjab has become the focus of a nationwide protest – involving thousands of farmers – against agricultural laws. Several rounds of talks with the center failed; farmers insist that the laws should be repealed, but the center is only willing to change the problematic sections.
With the BJP struggling to hold back protests (or make progress in solving farmers’ problems), conspiracy theories circulating on social media (and repeated by party leaders) have argued that “anti-national” and “Khalistani” forces are behind it. protests.
On Sunday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “tukde tukde“The band took over the protests. Earlier, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said” left “and” Maoist “elements had hijacked the protests, and BJP IT chief Amit Malviya said” Khalistanis “were involved.
“Tukde tukde“It is a term coined by right-wing parties to attack the opposition and its supporters.
Sukhbir Badal had backed the allegations, accusing ministers of making such statements of “defamation” of farmers and calling on them to apologize in public, and on Monday he attacked again, saying it had become the center’s policy to label those who they did not agree with them as “anti-national.”
“If anyone agrees with the NDA, it is desh bhakt. If not, he is a desh drohi or extremist or fromtukde tukde‘band. I am Parkash Singh Badal, who returned Padma Vibhushan, or Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who resigned from the Union Ministry in protest of agricultural laws, deshdrohis? “he asked.
The most reprehensible of all is that the agitation of farmers is projected as a Sikh vs Hindu conflict. This started in Delhi and now the same forces want to replicate it in Punjab. SAD is very clear – Punjab will prosper only with peace and communal harmony.# 100YearsShiromaniAkaliDal
– Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) December 14, 2020
The central government has insisted it remains open to further talks on resolving the crisis.
Earlier today, while speaking at a Gujarat’s Kutch office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government “is always committed to the well-being of farmers … will continue to address concerns”. The prime minister also accused the opposition of misleading farmers.