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'Majithia should have quit before facing Akal Takht'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, May 05, 2014
First Published: 08:12 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 19:23 IST(5/5/2014)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa has said that keeping in view the high traditions of the Akal Takht, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia should have quit the cabinet before facing the Takht for hearing the ‘tankha’ (religious punishment) for distortion of a hymn by Guru Gobind Singh during an election meeting in favour of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley.


Referring to some past cases, Bajwa pointed out that when former governor Surjit Singh Barnala appeared before the Akal Takht in 1988, he did so after submitting his resignation as president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal).

“You have to discard all your positions and appear before the Takht as a humble Sikh.

Unfortunately, Majithia did not do so and even took along some of his supporters”, he said while talking to media persons here on Sunday.

Bajwa said that as Majithia did not follow these traditions, it is now for chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to seek his resignation: “There is no harm in this as the CM can then take him back after the ‘tankha’ is completed.”

‘JAITLEY’S CANDIDATURE EXPOSED AKALIS’
Meanwhile, taking a dig at the Akali leaders for bringing senior BJP Arun Jaitley to Punjab for contesting Amritsar seat, Bajwa congratulated them and said, “By bringing Jaitley here, the Akalis helped us as the drug issue became a focus of the media at the national level.

Until now this was confined only to Punjab but now the people of other states, including BJP leaders, have come to know that Akali leaders are part of the drug mafia in Punjab”.

The PPCC chief pointed out that even the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi talked about dealing with the problem of drugs in Punjab.

“By coming here, Jaitley himself became aware of the manner in which his party (BJP) functioned as stooges of the SAD leaders. He was made to hear complaints ag ainst his own BJP ministers, particularly the one from Amritsar (Anil Joshi) during his campaign”, he added.

POST-POLL ‘VENDETTA’ AGAINST CONGRESS
The PPCC chief visited the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital of the Government Medical College here and met Paramjit Singh, who sustained a bullet wound after being fired upon by an Akali sarpanch near Wadala Bangar village in Batala Police district on Saturday.

He also visited half-a-dozen other Congress workers, including a woman, who had sustained minor injuries on the polling day after clashes with SAD-BJP workers in Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts.

On his way back to Qadian, he stopped at Kathunangal village and met some Congress workers who alleged that they had been framed in cases registered after the polling on April 30.

“I have visited different places and one thing common that I have come across is that only our party workers are being booked in cases of violence that occurred on the polling day.

Now if a clash takes place, the general procedure is that those involved from both the sides are booked but here the police is adopting a pick and choose policy.”

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