In a bid to woo Punjabi/ Sikh voters, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised implementation of Punjabi as second language, jobs for Punjabi teachers and a Punjabi university apart from setting up a Supreme Court monitored special investigation team into the 1984 Sikh riots.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) claimed that the Congress has done nothing for Sikhs and is guilty of the 1984 riots. The SAD has pressed members of Gurudwara committees into service and they are mobilising Sikh voters across the Capital.
“We have even mentioned these things in our manifesto. We will open schools for them and then there will be demand for Punjabi teachers,” said VK Malhotra, head of Delhi election campaign committee.
Claiming the Congress has divided Hindus and Sikhs, Naresh Gujral, president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), said young men wanted Narendra Modi as the prime minister and SAD will extend its support to ensure that. “When the NDA will come into power, the growth rate will reach double digits and we can have a corruption-free society,” he said.
The SAD also targeted Arvind Kejriwal for not doing anything for the welfare of Sikhs. “We wanted a SC-monitored SIT but Kejriwal ordered SIT by Delhi government, which is of no use. In 30 years, no one has been punished for the riots but BJP will ensure they are behind bars,” said Manjeet Singh Sirsa, general secretary of DSGMC.
The SAD said that 42 members of the Gurudwara management committee will travel to constituencies to talk to Sikh voters, who constitute 10% of the total voters in Delhi.