Raising the pitch in the wake of an appeal from Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to sign the online petition for amendment to Article 25 (b) (2), the Dal Khalsa has said if the Sikhs want to remove the “part of Hinduism” tag, they should boycott the Republic Day celebrations next month.
Party president HS Dhami issued a statement here on Sunday that “this one step will send the message to the government and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) that controls the Modi Sarkar by proxy”. The radical leader said amending the Article was a major demand of the Dharam Yudh Morcha that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had formed in 1982. “Even Parkash Singh Badal, who is now chief minister of Punjab, had burnt the copies of the Article in Delhi as a sign of protest,” he added.
Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said US-based organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) had also moved an online petition opposing the Article to bring the issue before US President Barack Obama, who would be chief guest at Republic Day next month. The Dal Khalsa asked the Akali ministers and legislators to stay away from the celebrations. The Dal Khalsa will hold a protest march on January 26 over the issue.