Former Punjab deputy chief minister and SAD party president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday attacked cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu by likening him to a ‘monkey’. He said, “This minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who is like a monkey has insulted Sikh memorials we built by calling them white elephants. Does he mean ‘Virasat-e-Khalsa’ which salutes Sikh history is a white elephant?” he added, reported ANI. The attack by Badal was over Sidhu’s comment, who had termed Virasat-e-Khalsa as a white elephant. Badal said that this comparison was unacceptable and that Virasat-e-Khalsa was a “repository of Sikh history, religion, and culture.” Zee News said that the former Punjab deputy chief minister slammed the Congress for terming it a ‘commercial entity.’
Badal on Tuesday had also dubbed Congress MLA Darshan Singh Brar Khote a “gangster”. He went on to say that Khote is a gangster and even children know about it. Badal’s statement came after Brar Pol Khol rally against the party at Baghapurana in Moga district. Badal said this while answering a query regarding gangsters who were recently gunned down by the Punjab police. When asked about the allegations made by Congress that SAD-BJP shielded gangsters, Badal accussed Brar of being a gangster. “Sab to wadde gangster kehde hai? Darshan Khote sharif banda hai? Bachha bachha kehenda eh gangster hai.” He further alleged that Brar has been exhorting money from common people to fill his pockets. “The only development that is taking place in Baghapurana is that of Darshan Brar who is victimising common people to fill his own pockets.”
Responding to Badal’s allegation, Brar asked SAD leader to produce evidence before making such statements. He further said that there is no criminal case registered against him and that he is a farmer who did hard work and became an MLA. Indian Express quoted him as saying, “Just because I exposed wrongdoings of Sukhbir Badal and his party during my campaigning and defeated his candidate, he cannot call me a gangster. Show me evidence”.