Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was detained this afternoon as he led a huge protest outside Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s home in Chandigarh to demand the sacking of Balbir Singh Sidhu, the state’s Health Minister.
BSP’s Punjab president Jasvir Singh Garhi also joined the massive demonstration, days after the two parties forged an alliance for the state elections due next year.
High political drama unfolded as hundreds of protesters – carrying party flags – marched together despite heavy barricading. Water cannons were also used on demonstrators.
The Akali Dal chief, 58, has sought a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the sale of vaccines and procurement of medical kits for COVID-19 patients.
The opposition is targeting the Amarinder Singh government over various issues just months ahead of the 2022 state elections.