SAD does not give up NDA to save Harsimrat's chair: Amarinder

CHANDIGARH: One day after Akali Dal accused Amarinder Singh to make the Gandhi family happy to save his chair, Punjab's chief minister replied on Wednesday, saying that the SAD was not giving up the NDA at the Center to save Harsimrat Kaur Badal The chair of the Union cabinet.

Following the Shiromani Akali Dal 's (SAD) decision to not contest the Delhi assembly polls on being told by the BJP to change its stance over the amended Citizenship Act, Amarinder Singh had on Tuesday too dared the party to quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

However, the head of SAD, Badal, had asked him not to issue ridiculous statements that only exposed his subservience to the Gandhi family and his desire to make the family happy to save his chair.

On Wednesday, Singh asked Badal to explain how his demand for the Akalis to renounce the NDA by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act amounted to subordination to the Gandhi family.

Or are you trying to say that thousands of people in the streets to protest against CAA do so simply by subordination to the Gandhi family, Singh said.

The SAD chief had also said that by opposing the CAA, the prime minister was opposed to the relief given to the Sikhs under the amended law.

The prime minister, in a statement here Wednesday, said his chair was quite safe.

But apparently, you (Badal) are worried about your wife Harsimrat's chair in the Union cabinet and you don't want her to lose that at any cost, Singh said, adding that this could be the reason why SAD refuses to withdraw from NDA despite claiming to take a stand against CAA.

While questioning Badal's logic in interpreting his criticism of SAD's stance on CAA as anti-Sikh, Singh sent the Akali chief a copy of 'Mein Kampf', advising him to read Adolf Hitler's autobiography to understand the dangerous implications of the unconstitutional legislation passed by the central government, of which the Akalis are part.

Given the current attempts by the Center to replicate Hitler's agenda in India, it was important that SAD leaders read the autobiography of the former German chancellor before expressing irrational reactions in CAA, Singh said.

The prime minister also said that the recent statements of several Akali leaders, including Badal, clearly expressed their ignorance on the sensitive issue and urged him to read the book and decide whether it is the country first or political expediency.

Supporting the bill in both houses of Parliament and Vidhan Sabha and opposing it on other platforms is unfit for a political leader, the CM said in a letter sent to Badal along with the book.

Singh recalled that during the last session of Vidhan Sabha, he had promised to send SAD copies of 'Mein Kampf', which in English translates as 'my struggles'.

These were his beliefs (of Hitler) that he sold to the German people in his rise to power, which later became the policy of his government, when his Nazi party took office, the prime minister wrote.