“The series of desecration of religious scriptures at Bargari, Ludhiana, Malerkotla and now the attack on an RSS leader in Jalandhar clearly indicate towards the designs of the ruling party,” said the former CM, while questioning silence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the Jalandhar incident.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the developments could turn out dangerous for peace in the state.
On ticket distribution
He said the Congress would complete its process to shortlist the candidates by September-end. He said surveys were being conducted to help the party’s top leadership to arrive at a consensus.
On CM candidate
Given the rise of regional parties across the country in almost every state, it was necessary for the Congress to declare the CM candidate before the elections, he said, adding that it was important for the people to know about the person who was going to lead them. “The Congress will have to announce the CM candidate else it will be left behind. It is not the party policy, but its face that sells,” he said.
On probe into drug case
The former CM alleged that the Enforcement Directorate was going slow on the investigations into the revelations made by dismissed DSP Jagdish Bhola as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley “wants to protect someone”. He said while the ED was showing unusual haste in issuing notices to him and his family, it was delaying the investigations into the drug racket involving Youth Akali Dal leader Rozy Barkandi.