The Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPM) on Sunday reaffirmed its old stand for the transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab, but added that raking up the Anandpur Sahib Resolution would create a communal divide in the state.
In a statement issued here, the CPM Punjab unit Secretary Charan Singh Virdi also said that the party demanded speedy resolution of all pending issues between Punjab, Haryana and the Centre within the ambit of the Rajiv Longowal accord.
The CPM would take up these issues during the Lok Sabha elections, he added.
Virdi said the Anandpur Sahib Resolution was now being raised “to cover up for the SAD’s failure to take up the cause of more powers to states in the spirit of the principle of federalism, along secular lines”.
He said CM Parkash Singh Badal must explain why the issue was put on a backburner for the past many years.