Tribune News Service
Amritsar, November 18
A fresh row has erupted between the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal over the former’s sharp reaction to Akal Takht Jathedar’s statement suggesting that the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were rigged.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had said that an “EVM government was ruling the country”.
Senior BJP leader Harjeet Singh Grewal called Singh “an employee” of a political family and termed him “mentally ill”. Grewal said the Jathedar had no business making political statements or calling a democratically-elected government an “EVM government”.
The Shiromani Akali Dal has termed the BJP’s statement as “a dangerous and unprecedented attack on the temporal seat of the Sikhs”.
“Such provocative statements can harm the law and order situation,” said SAD spokesperson Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema in a video message.
Dr Cheema said Jathedar had talked about forces that were trying to weaken the Sikh Panth and those forces stand exposed.