Jalandhar: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday slammed the Congress for politicising sensitive issues concerning peace and communal harmony of Punjab.
"The Congress wants to escalate communal tension for its vested political interests," the CM alleged after paying tributes to RSS leader Brig (Retd) Jagdish Gagneja.
Gagneja, who was shot by unidentified assailants on August 6, died at a hospital in Jalandhar.
"The Congress has a notorious track record of dividing people on communal lines for attaining power in the state," he added.
Blaming the Congress for "black days" in Punjab, Badal said,"The state has suffered a lot because of Congress' dirty tantrums."
He alleged the party was once again resorting to its age old game of "divisive politics" to disturb the hard earned peace and communal harmony in Punjab.
Badal said the Gagneja's killing was an issue concerning peace, harmony and amity, and not a "political" one.
"It is unfortunate that for their personal gains political parties were politicizing it," he said.
He asked political parties to refrain from "stooping too low" on such sensitive issues just to get media attention.
The state has entrusted the case to CBI and hoped for fast track investigations to nail the culprits, the CM said, assuring state police will provide all help to CBI for expediting the probe.
He described Gagneja as a suave leader and an able administrator committed to the masses welfare.
"His death was a huge personal loss. Entire Punjab grieves his death," he said, adding after serving the army he devoted his life for the state.