Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has strongly condemned the hurling of a shoe at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Lambi and appealed to Punjabis to shun elements who want to destroy the peaceful fabric of Punjab.
"I appeal to Punjabis to remain calm and give a befitting answer to miscreants by voting for Badal Sahab to lead them again," she told reporters at Budhlada town in Mansa yesterday.
"Miscreants who want to destroy hard won peace can never succeed in this endeavour. I condemn the cowardly attack on the most respected politician and appeal to Punjabis to shun elements who want to destroy Punjab's peaceful fabric," she said.
Harsimrat also hit out at AAP senior leader and MP Bhagwant Mann, dubbing him as a "joker".
She accused AAP of egging people to resort to violence ahead of the state Assembly polls pn February 4.
The Bathinda MP was referring to the shoe hurling incident in Ratta Khera village of Lambi Assembly segment yesterday and another incident in which the cavalcade of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was attacked in Jalalabad Assembly segment in Fazilka on January 8.
Without naming anyone, a furious Harsimrat said, "Inanoon sochan di lod hain ki jey kithe Badal sahib ne Akaliyaan nu keh dita ki inade khilaf daang chak lo, inanu muhn dikhaun ki yeah zinda rehan de layak nahi rehange (they need to think if Badal sir tells Akali workers to pick up sticks against them, let alone showing their faces to anyone, they will not be able to live)".
However in a Facebook post today, the minister sought to charge the media with "sensationalism".
"I appeal to the media not to sensationalise my statements. I have stressed that Badal Sahab always stands for exercising restraint but the exact opposition has been reported by a newspaper which has chosen to twist part of the statement," she said.
"I again reiterate that Badal Sahab has always stood for peace and communal harmony and so does the Shiromani Akali Dal," Harsimrat said.