CHANDIGARH: The Cabinet Minister, Punjab, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has termed as ‘Too Little, Too Late’ the return of Padma Vibhushan by the former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He further said that the action by the akali veteran smacks of shunning the responsibility and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) cannot wash its hands off the sins committed by the party. It would have been far better had the Badal family and the SAD made efforts at getting the black farm laws repealed, said the Minister further adding that the Badals must apologize to the farmers for supporting the draconian laws.
In a press communiqué issued here today, S. Randhawa also revealed that the NDA brought the anti-farmer ordinance with the concurrence of SAD. It is a well known fact that Harsimrat Kaur Badal was part of the Union Cabinet which passed the ordinances, averred the Congress leader and further said that for three months the SAD sang paeans of the ordinances and Parkash Singh Badal went so far as to praise the farm ordinances via a video message which the Punjabis haven’t forgotten to this day.
Divulging more, S. Randhawa said that the SAD was forced to make Harsimrat Kaur Badal resign from the Union Council of Ministers in view of the strong opposition to the farm laws. But the obdurate attitude of Parkash Singh Badal came in the way of him issuing a statement or releasing a video in opposition to these laws.
The Minister also said that no Punjabi would believe the drama enacted by Parkash Singh Badal about returning Padma Vibhushan. Why didn’t the akali stalwart returned the award at the time of the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the firing upon innocent Sikhs who protesting peacefully, questioned S. Randhawa who also said that the CBI also adopted delaying tactics in the matter.