Amritsar: Following Congress' defeat in the Hisar by-election, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday called for his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda's resignation ‘on moral grounds’.
   
"The people of Haryana made Congress bite the dust in the Hisar by-polls. The people have given their mandate. Under such circumstances Hooda must resign on moral grounds," he
said, after laying the foundation stone of a university here.
   
Badal claimed Congress would meet the same fate in the 2012 Punjab Assembly elections.
   
Lashing out at the Congress-led UPA government for "interfering in religious matters", he alleged that the Centre had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs by deliberately delaying permission for holding co-opted session of the newly elected Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC).
    
"We vehemently oppose these tactics of the Congress and will not allow them to interfere in the religious matters of Sikhs," he said.


(Agencies)