Chandigarh: Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal tore into the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over the farmers protest on Tuesday afternoon, accusing his former ally of being “the real tukde tukde gang” and destroying national unity by maliciously “pushing patriotic Punjab into communal flames” for political gain.
Badal also said the saffron party was “shamelessly” inciting violence between Hindus and Sikhs.
“The BJP is the real tukde tukde gang in the country. It has smashed national unity to pieces… shamelessly inciting Hindus against Muslims and now desperate(ly) setting peace-loving Punjabi Hindus against their Sikh brethren, especially farmers,” Badal said at a gathering in Amritsar.
“They’re pushing patriotic Punjab into communal flames,” he warned.
His attack on the BJP underscores the current tussle between the two parties.
On Sunday Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the “tukde tukde” gang had taken over the protests. Earlier Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said “Leftist” and “Maoist” elements had hijacked the protests, and the BJP’s IT cell chief, Amit Malviya, said “Khalistanis” were involved.
‘Tukde tukde’ is a term coined by the right-wing parties to hit at the opposition and their supporters.