Amarinder wants me in jail: Badal
Chandigarh: Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said that his successor Amarinder Singh's only aim was to put him behind bars. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch was reacting to the chief minister's address in the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday wherein he vowed to punish those guilty of the "horrendous" 2015 sacrilege incidents in the state.
"I am prepared to go to jail as their (state government) only aim is to arrest me... I am not afraid of being arrested," the five-time chief minister told media here. "After reading what Amarinder had said in the assembly, I straightaway came from my village to Chandigarh... I told the DGP that I am available for arrest... I am prepared to go to any jail in the country," Badal said, adding that his fight against the policies of the Congress would continue. Winding up the discussion on the Governor's address in the ongoing Punjab budget session here, Singh spoke on incidents of sacrilege of religious texts and said that they occurred because of the "failure of the law and order system" during the SAD regime. "What was that (sacrilege incidents). It was a failure of the law and order system," Singh had said while pointing out that the Badal government had failed to accept even their own Commission's report into the sacrilege incidents.