Sultanpur Lodhi, Sep 10: Terming her remarks as totally irresponsible and provocative, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday lashed out at Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal over her allegations that his government was trying to undermine the authority of Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
No true Sikh can ever think of showing disrespect to the prestige of the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, said the Chief Minister, flaying Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal for trying to demean the authority of Sri Akal Takht with her reckless remarks. Harsimrat was the most ill-informed woman he had ever come across, and she was in the habit of making irrational statements without knowing the facts, he added.
Talking to media persons here after a review of the progress of the works undertaken to mark the 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, Capt Amarinder said not only was his government fully committed to celebrating the historic occasion in a befitting manner but it was also totally open to accepting the proposal of Sri Akal Takht to constitute a joint commemoration committee.
As per the proposal, two members each from the government, the SGPC and a Sikh Scholar-being a neutral member would be drawn into the committee to evolve a broad consensus on this issue.
He also lambasted Harsimrat for her 'preposterous' remark that Punjab did not require any agricultural project. Capt Amarinder wondered how she worked in Delhi without any sense of the ground reality. “How can she ever claim that Punjab, an agrarian state, does not need an agricultural project,” he asked.
In response to a query, the Chief Minister said that religion was always supreme to politics. He reiterated his appeal to all to cut across party lines to jointly celebrate the historic event and to refrain from interfering in religious affairs. He also reiterated his government's support to SGPC in organising all religious functions inside the Gurdwara Sahib, while the state would hold the main event outside the premises, as per the precedent of earlier historic occasions celebrated in the state.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) also came under attack from the Chief Minister for their attempts to scuttle the Bargari probe through the CBI. It was the duty of the central government to accept the state assembly resolution withdrawing the sacrilege cases from the national agency to the SIT constituted by the state government, he added. (UNI)