Punjab Congress leaders met Governor Shivraj V Patil on Friday and expressed concern over the Operation Bluestar memorial under construction by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.
The Congress delegation also raised the issue of alleged violence unleashed by the SAD-BJP alliance on the Congress men with the active support of Punjab olice during the civic polls held on Thursday. The Congress said it feared that the ruling alliance would unleash similar violence during the elections to four municipal corporations on June 10 to browbeat Congress candidates and their supporters.
Congress Legislative Party (CLP), leader Sunil Jakhar led a delegation of 11 party legislators and one district party president to the Governor's residence in Chandigarh where he told Patil that raising of Operation Bluestar memorial had plunged Punjab into a state of shock and fear.
"It is an event that can trigger unrest in Punjab and disturb the hard-earned peace in the state," said the Punjab Congress in the memorandum submitted to Patil.
Jakhar later told media persons that Patil expressed concern and said it was a sensitive issue and he would look into it.
"Shri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) is no ordinary place of worship. It is the fountain-head of Sikhism and place of spiritual and religious solace to millions of Hindus and Muslims too. The abuse of the holy place to honour killers of a chief minister of Punjab, with tacit understanding of Punjab government, is an act that tantamount to showing disrespect to all those Punjabis who lost their precious lives in the inferno of mindless violence during the phase of terrorism. Unfortunately, Punjab government has remained a mute spectator and Akali leadership a conniving partner in this event at the Golden Temple," said the Congress delegation in the memorandum.
Punjab Congress also raised the issue of violence and terror unleashed by the SAD-BJP alliance on the Congress workers during the civic polls held in the state on Thursday.
"As a precursor to fundamentalist forces fanning in Punjab, during local bodies elections, the process of democracy has been decimated and rendered irrelevant due to goonda raj of Akali-BJP workers and blatant support of police and state administration to highjack the electoral process".
The memorandum mentioned that the vehicles of sitting MLA of Raikot Gurcharan Singh Boparai and ex-MLAs Jasbir Khangura and Malkiat Dakha were smashed at Mullanpur Dakha in Ludhiana district but they luckily managed to save themselves.
A former Congress MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur was physically assaulted by state police and Akali workers in Ghanaur in Patiala district.
More than 40,000 forged voters were incorporated for Amaritsar municipal corporation. Congress candidates were intimidated by Akali leadership with the help of Punjab police to withdraw nominations, the memorandum alleged.
"The Congress apprehends repeat of violence and high jacking of electoral process in all the municipal corporation election to be held on June 10. Therefore, the Punjab Congress demands that SAD-BJP government be questioned on the issue of patronising separatist agenda and complete breakdown of law and order in Punjab during local bodies elections. The SAD-BJP government must ensure that no untoward incidence occurs during municipal corporation elections," said the Congress delegation in the memorandum.
Congress MLAs who were part of the delegation included Balbir Singh Sidhu, Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Aruna Choudhary, Charanjeet Singh Chani, Sunder Sham Arora, Randeep Singh Nabha, Gurcharan Singh Boparai, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Guriqbal Kaur, Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, former MLA Jasbir Singh Khangura and district congress president of Mukatsar Gurdas Girdhar.