Hours after SAD president Sukhbir Badal castigated Punjab Chief Minister for failing to reach out to the families of hooch tragedy victims by refusing to share their grief by visiting them, the news of Capt Amarinder Singh visiting Tarn Taran on Friday to meet victims’ families was announced on Twitter.
“Punjab CM @capt_amarinder will visit Tarn Taran to meet families of victims of #HoochTragedy tomorrow morning. He will be accompanied by @INCPunjab chief @sunilkjakhar, @DGPPunjabPolice Dinkar Gupta & CPSCM Suresh Kumar,” tweeted Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Raveen Thukral on Thursday evening.
Capt Amarinder, accompanied by Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, state police chief Dinkar Gupta and Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, will be visiting the worst-affected district due to consumption of spurious liquor, Tarn Taran, on Friday morning to meet the victims’ families.
This will be for the first time, since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, that Capt Amarinder will move out of Chandigarh, the state’s capital. Ever since, he has been staying at his farmhouse in Siswan near Chandigarh, and functioning from there, holding videoconferencing meetings. The only time he has come out of his farmhouse was for an important Cabinet meeting on May 27.
Dubbing it as “draamebaazi” (histrionics), SAD chief Sukhbir Badal asked Capt Amarinder to go to Tarn Taran only after booking the Congress legislators and other leaders including owners of distilleries under section 302 for the mass murders in hooch tragedy.
“What is the point in this draamebaazi when murderers of victims he is going to visit are dining and wining with him in his rest house. Amarinder is going to the tragic stricken to wipe their tears after they have wept their tears dry. Even then he is not willing to act against his right hand men, like legislator Ramanjit Singh Sikki whose association has been categorically named by the victims,” said Sukhbir.
He added, “I really wonder with what brazen cheek will he be able to face the victims murdered by Congressmen closest to him.”
“This is the height of insensitivity. I really don’t know how his conscience will let him sleep when he returns after shamelessly facing those whose murders he has presided over,” said Sukhbir.
Earlier, SAD chief had lashed out at the Chief Minister for failing to reach out to the victim families by refusing to share their grief by visiting them.
Sukhbir has also took on Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar and Congress’ former national president Rahul Gandhi saying that both were mum about the tragedy because “monthlies from the illicit liquor trade were going right up to the Congress high command”.