Akali Dal asks for de-recognition of ‘anti-national’ Congress

New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and suggested that the Congress party should be derecognized and declared as ‘anti-national’.

“We have requested the President to declare the Congress Party an ‘anti-national’ party and asked for its de-recognition,” Badal told the reporters after his meeting with the President.

“We met honourable President to inform him that Congress Party is playing the same game which it did in the eighties to encourage those secessionist forces which brought about 20 years of disturbance in Punjab and which had even threatened the unity of the nation and had resulted in the death of thousands of Punjabis,” he added.

He accused that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the Congress of trying to disturb peace in Punjab by participating and organizing rallies, along with secessionist and terrorist organizations.

The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister had addressed a press conference here earlier where he accused the Congress of creating an alliance with the terrorist organizations which had links with Pakistan’s ISI, just for the sake of political gains.

“Everyone knows what Punjab went through in the 80s. During the fifteen years of militancy, thousands of Punjabis were killed; there was communal as well as full disturbance of peace in the state of Punjab,” Badal told the press conference

Sukhbir Badal was hinting at the support that Sant Bhindranwale received by the Congress.

Bhindranwale capitalized on the support and later occupied the Golden Temple and the Army had to be called to evict him.

A delegation of Punjab Congress leaders led by party vice-president had earlier met President Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum urging him to initiate a judicial probe into the killing of two persons in recent protests over alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.

Rejecting the CBI probe ordered by the Punjab government, the Congress leaders demanded an inquiry to be conducted by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court. (ANI)

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