Over a month after the Faridkot sacrilege row and subsequent killing of two Sikhs in police firing, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said he was ready to apologise “if I had committed anything wrong”.
“I would not even hesitate to seek apology from the general public if I have committed anything wrong in the larger interest of the state’s peace, prosperity and development,” said Badal during his address to public at Sarabha in Ludhiana district on Monday. He, however, did not explain the reason for the apology.
Badal was speaking at the 100th martyrdom anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha. He also said the SAD-BJP alliance was trying hard to put Punjab back on the path of development and prosperity but “few people, agencies and forces inimical to the peace and prosperity were stoking fire to create an atmosphere of despair and uncertainty.”
The statement comes less than a week ahead of Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sadbhavna public rallies, which are scheduled to start on November 23.
The flip-flop by the Punjab Police over the arrest of two brothers, Rupinder and Jaswinder, for October 12 desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in Faridkot and the subsequent killing of two Sikhs in the neighbouring Behbal Kalan village had brought the state to a standstill for a couple of weeks.