Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 10
Congress leader and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has attacked Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal over the latter’s demand to free Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted for the assassination of former Punjab CM Beant Singh.
“I request the union govt to set Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana free as a humanitarian gesture. He has served nearly two life terms in prison. All Cong RWAs leaders, including Punjab CM, should also back the release of Bhai Rajoana. Setting Bhai Rajoana free would also be in consonance with GOI’s commitment to commute the former’s death sentence into life imprisonment as a special gesture to Sikh quom on the eve of the 550th Parkash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji,” Sukhbir said Saturday.
Bittu retorted asking the Akali Dal chief if he would have made the same demand had Parkash Singh Badal been attacked by Rajoana.
“My grandfather Sardar Beant Singh Ji was the Chief Minister and was martyred in service of our country. Your father has also been the Chief Minister of Punjab 5 times, God forbid if he too was assassinated by a bomb while serving the country, would you still appeal for forgiveness of his killers? Do you want Rajoana to be released and kill innocent and peace loving people?“ asked Bittu.