Sukhbir Badal to Arvind Kejriwal, Liquor, meat banned in Amritsar for ages


Amritsar: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Friday reacted sharply to AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal's announcement to accord holy city status to Amritsar, saying that both meat and liquor were banned in the walled city for the past 30 years.

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"I think AAP should first make itself holy before making rubbish statements on Amritsar. Their MP Bhagwant Mann is drunk and unholy most of the time and creates ruckus even at holy sites. Second, they don't know that liquor is already banned in the walled city for the past three decades," Sukhbir told reporters in the assembly.

He also took potshots at Kejriwal for making trips to Punjab to use it as a battleground for his party's electoral debut in Goa and Gujarat and later for the race to the prime minister's office. "Kejriwal is the only leader in the world who has desolated his chief minister's office and does not sign a single paper. He has given work to his deputies who run the work illegally.

He is just a confrontationist who wants to fight his battles with Modi. His destinations are Gujarat, Goa or PMO. Not Punjab," said Badal. The deputy chief minister said he was not worried about sworn enemy Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has floated his new front Awaaz-e-Punjab.

"Like Kejriwal, Sidhu is an opportunist. Till some weeks ago, he was in bargains with AAP. Now he has targeted them. Let me tell you my main enemy is still Captain Amarinder. Our fight will be with him," said Sukhbir. "Sidhu can take care of Bhagwant Mann as they compete to outwit each other in being the best entertainer," he added.