Shoe hurled at Punjab CM Badal, assailant arrested

A shoe was thrown at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Lambi, Muktsar district in the state on Wednesday.

The show was thrown from a short distance of 12 feet by Gurbachan Singh, who Muktsar SSP Dhruman Nimbale said that he is the real brother of the leader Amrik Singh Ajnala.

The alleged accused who threw the shoe was identified as 40-year-old Gurbachan Singh hailing from Rattakhera Chhota but residing at Jhurarkhera village in Abohar.

It was learnt that Singh was upset over a recent incident of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and the failure of the Punjab government and police to nab the culprits. Had anything of that sorts happened, CM would have sustained some injury.

The police registered a case against Gurbachan Singh at Kabarwala Police Station and he is now in police custody.

While blaming opponents, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal says, "the incident of shoe- throwing by a person from outside my constituency has proved beyond doubt that our opponents have lost the game and want to scuttle a peaceful, free and fair poll".

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Badal is expected to contest from the Lambi constituency while his son, Sukhbir Singh Badal might stand from the Jalalabad. He said whatever the SAD-BJP government has done for the area could not be even be thought in dreams.

"Our faith and our commitment to serve the people is too strong to be shaken by such acts", Badal said, adding he had faced bigger challenges from elements backed by his rivals. "And this will continue as long as I am alive", he said.

This is the second time a shoe has been hurled at the Shiromani Akali Dal chief.

However, he claimed that it was the "pent-up anger of the people coming to the fore".

The people started to lash out at the Badals just when they urged them to vote for them in Punjab elections 2017.