The Badal family has dominated Punjab politics for decades now. For the people of Punjab, they have been objects of admiration, fear and, for some, even hatred. But the 2017 Assembly election is the first time the mighty Badals have become objects of ridicule. And the man singularly responsible for putting them in that position is the Aam Aadmi Party MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, 89, was injured in the eye when a man hurled a shoe at him during an election campaign at Ratta Khera village in his assembly constituency, Lambi, in Muktsar district on Wednesday afternoon.
While accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann of encouraging voters to turn violent ahead of the Punjab elections, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Wednesday that “if chief minister Parkash Singh Badal told workers of our party (Shiromani Akali Dal or SAD) to turn violent, AAP workers will not stay alive”.