Chandigarh, Nov 2 : Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Sunil Jakhar recalled that series of desecration incidents of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji during the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) regime in the state, had hurt feelings of millions of people across the world.
He said now the leadership of the same party was defying the ideology of Guru Nanak Dev ji by setting separate stages at Sultanpur on the occasion of 550th Prakash Purb.
In a statement here on Saturday, the PPCC chief said the Akali Dal leaders were in a hurry to claim credit but they have forgotten what Guru Nanak Dev ji had taught us. He said the Punjab government had made all possible efforts under the leadership of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to set a joint stage to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, but the Akali Dal top brass was adamant to disallow this due to false ego.
The SAD leaders had weakened the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the leading body of the Sikhs, for their vested political interests.
Mr Jakhar said when India and Pakistan had taken historic initiative to open the corridor to facilitate 'khulley darshan didar' of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Akali Dal has not broken the boundaries in the heart for the grand event. “We need to move forward to melt the ice between India and Pakistan on this occasion but our friends in SAD were dividing the society on this religious event," he added.
Referring to the Centre’s delay in issuing the necessary clearance to the Punjab ministers and MLAs to go to Pakistan, the PPCC President said BJP was also following the ideology of SAD by adopting such cheap tactics. “What they want to prove with such acts is beyond the comprehension of people," he added.
He also condemned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to address people from a separate stage on the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, saying that it was contrary to the basic ideology of the federal structure of the country.
He said Mr Modi is the PM of the whole country and not of any particular party. “Whenever a Prime Minister goes on official visit to any state, arrangements are made by the state government and that has been the norm. Breaking such traditions, the Prime Minister is violating the rights of the states of the country, he should review the decision," Mr Jakhar said. (UNI)