The groups of anti-sikh riot victims indulged in a hard talk over giving support to Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance during a press conference called for announcing their stand here on Wednesday.
While one of the groups had announced that the anti-sikh riot victims would support SAD-BJP alliance on all 13 Lok Sabha seats of Punjab, another group was adamant to support Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from
Amritsar Bibi Jagdish Kaur, who was a witness of the anti-sikh riots.
Later, both groups unanimously decided that they would support Bibi Jagdish Kaur from Amritsar and 12 Lok Sabha candidates of SAD-BJP from other constituencies.
1986 Anti-Sikh Riot Victims' Welfare Society president Surjit Singh and Gurdeep Kaur held a press conference on Wednesday to clear their stand in Lok Sabha elections. As the office bearers announced that they would support all SAD-BJP candidates, Gurdeep Singh Kahlon and some other riot victims raised objection and put forward their point. Both groups entered in a heated argument over the issue.
The office bearers of society said AAP candidate advocate HS Phoolka had pursued the cases of anti-sikh riot victims, but he was paid for it. The SAD had honoured him for it, but the riot victims did not get justice till date.
They further added that around 30,000 riot victim families resided in Punjab and possessed over one lakh votes.