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'Communal friction rising due to SAD-BJP friction'

chandigarh Updated: Jan 10, 2015 23:55 IST
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Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said the friction between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is giving rise to an ominous communal situation in Punjab which will have implications on the national security.

"The tension between the Akali Dal and the BJP in Punjab is producing a very ominous communal situation and this will have long term implications for national security because the kind of politics both of them are indulging is the politics which is the anti thesis of social harmony," Tewari told ANI when asked to comment on the statewide 'bandh' being called by various Sikh groups in Punjab.

Earlier, the SAD and many other Sikh groups had demanded the release of Sikh prisoners serving life sentences in different states across the country.

In response, BJP president Amit Shah had reportedly said that his party doesn't agree with the demand of the SAD.

Meanwhile, several Sikh have called for a 'Punjab Bandh' on January 10 to extend support to Sikh activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa who is on an indefinite fast demanding the release of Sikh prisoners.