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Badal seeks help of all political parties for bringing back peace in state

Reiterating that some forces inimical to the state were hell bent upon destroying the hard-earned peace in the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday appealed to all political parties to join hands in thwarting any such attempts of pushing the state back to the turbulent times.

punjab Updated: Oct 18, 2015 20:34 IST
HT Correspondent
The chief minister’s appeal came on the day when Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh called upon leaders of all political parties in Punjab to sink their political differences and work towards bringing normalcy back in the state.
The chief minister’s appeal came on the day when Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh called upon leaders of all political parties in Punjab to sink their political differences and work towards bringing normalcy back in the state.(HT Photo)

Reiterating that some forces inimical to the state were hell bent upon destroying the hard-earned peace in the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday appealed to all political parties to join hands in thwarting any such attempts of pushing the state back to the turbulent times.

The chief minister’s appeal came on the day when Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh called upon leaders of all political parties in Punjab to sink their political differences and work towards bringing normalcy back in the state. He asked leaders not to politicise the incidents related to the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Interacting with the mediapersons after paying homage to Sawinder Kaur Kahlon, wife of former assembly speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon on her bhog here, the chief minister said the state had suffered a lot socially, politically and economically during the turbulent times and once again some forces were trying to bring back those days in the state. He said that peace, communal harmony, brotherhood and amity were the need of the hour and the state government was making every effort to ensure that it was not disturbed at any cost.

“But the strenuous efforts of the state government will bear fruit only if all the political parties of the state and general public cooperate with us in this onerous task,” he added.

Exhorting the people to shun the path of agitation, which was causing a lot of harassment to the general public, the chief minister assured them that his government would make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of heinous crime of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib were brought to book. He said the government was working tirelessly to expose the forces behind this grave crime and the culprits would be ensured exemplary punishment for this crime.

“The desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib has tormented the psyche of every Sikh but we must exercise restraint in this hour of crisis to foil the attempt of divisive forces to derail progress and prosperity in the state,” he added.

Expressing deep concern over the sacrilege incidents in the state, the chief minister said it was part of a deep rooted conspiracy on behalf of some powerful forces, who were trying to bring back the black days in the state. He said that such agencies had divided the people on sectarian lines in past also and now again they were trying to create wedge between the people through such incidents.

“It is the moral duty of every Punjabi to crush these nefarious designs by keeping a strict vigil at every religious place across the state,” he added.

Meanwhile, the chief minister condoled the death of Kahlon and paid tributes to her.

Others who were present on the occasion included cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Ajit Singh Kohar, Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema and Sikander Singh Maluka, chief parliamentary secretary Gurbachan Singh Babbehali, former ministers Sucha Singh Langah, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Capt Balbir Singh Baath and Master Mohan Lal and former MLAs Jagdish Sahni and Veer Singh Lopoke.