Chandigarh, Sep 14: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar on Thursday said the Akali Dal was further trying to bruise the Sikh psyche by holding a rally in Faridkot/Kotakpura, rather than apologising for the heinous crime of firing on innocents at Behbal Kalan.
In a statement here, Jakhar said this decision clearly reflects the arrogant attitude of Akali leadership, which was trying to challenge the Sikhs by organising a show of strength, rather than apologising for their misdeeds.
He said by holding this show of strength, Sukhbir was trying to justify the firing at Behbal Kalan/Kotakpura and killing of innocent Sikhs. He said that Sukhbir, who was the Home Minister of the state, when the firing took place at these places, should have apologised for this grave sin, done about three years ago. But Mr Jakhar bemoaned that instead, the Akali leadership was trying to challenge the Sikhs by holding a rally at Faridkot, which was unethical. The Congress MP said that Sukhbir's modern Akali Dal has already inflicted a major blow on Sikh psyche by firing on innocents at the Bargadi and now this rally would further rub salt into the wounds of the Sikhs. He said the incidents of sacrilege and then firing at Behbal Kalan have already hurt the sentiments of Sikhs.
Jakhar said that now, when Sukhbir and his coterie have announced to hold a rally at Faridkot, the situation would be taken as a direct insult by Sikhs, who would take it as a direct challenge to their pride.
He asked Sukhbir and his cronies to desist from playing with fire as Sikhs would not tolerate any such insult. He said it was a fact that the simmering anger among the Sikhs has today turned into hatred against Sukhbir and his henchmen. Jakhar also questioned the silence of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on all these incidents, which have caused irreparable damage to Sikh panth.
Why senior Badal, who was well-versed with Sikh ethos and traditions, remained a mute spectator to all these misdeeds of Sukhbir and his coterie, who flouted all the norms and traditions of Sikh religion, the Congress leader asked. He further asked the senior Akali leadership not to vindicate the misdeeds of Sukhbir by sharing stage with him, during the rallies. (UNI)