Sukhbir Playing Politics By Seeking Bharat Ratna for Bhagat Singh: Amarinder

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Sukhbir Playing Politics By Seeking Bharat Ratna for Bhagat Singh: Amarinder
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Sukhbir Playing Politics By Seeking Bharat Ratna for Bhagat Singh: Amarinder

Accusing Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal of playing politics by seeking 'Bharat Ratna' for Bhagat Singh, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today said Bhagat Singh's stature was too big for honours like Bharat Ratna.

"Bhagat Singh's stature was too big for awards and honours like Bharat Ratna. Bhagat Singh is the greatest Bharat Ratna himself and he lives in every Indian's heart", Amarinder said in his address while paying tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at a function organised to commemorate their martyrdom day here.

Decrying the "politics" being played by certain vested interests in Bhagat Singh's name, he said, the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal was only doing politics by demanding Bharat Ratna for Bhagat Singh.

"But still it is the first sensible thing he has ever suggested in his life after destroying an entire generation of youth and farmers in the state by drugs and the debt", he alleged while taking a dig at Sukhbir's demand.

"Better think of the youth who have been trapped in the vicious web of drugs being supplied with your patronage and the farmers caught in the debts", he said asking Sukhbir to stop playing politics in the name of great martyrs.

However, Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar said he would welcome if Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were honoured with country's greatest civilian award.

Sukhbir in Nawanshahr today said his party would soon write to the Centre to award Bhagat Singh 'Bharat Ratna'.

Asserting that Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh illustrated the complete Punjabi spirit of sacrifice and courage, Amarinder exhorted upon the youth to follow his teachings and ideals.

On this occasion, Amarinder also reiterated his resolve and commitment to make Punjab "drug free and debt free" after forming the government in 2017.

"Shaheed Bhagat Singh should be the role model of every Indian youth in general and the Punjabis in particular", Amarinder said.

Paying tributes to the great martyrs, he said, "our future generations must learn and know as how many sacrifices have been laid to secure the freedom and independence of the country".

"We must not take our freedom and liberty for granted as our ancestors have laid great sacrifices to secure it", he said, while adding, "today I reiterate my resolve for a drug free and debt free Punjab".

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