Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday questioned chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue of Khalistan saying the latter could not dissociate himself from his past.
Reacting to Badal’s statement that Gurcharan Singh Tohra never discussed the Khalistan issue with him, Bajwa told Badal, “How can you dissociate from what is on record? You seem to suffer from selective amnesia. I would like to refresh your memory that you had signed the memorandum submitted to the United Nations, demanding Khalistan, which also carried Tohra’s signature. I can hand over a copy of the memorandum to you in case you have forgotten about it.”
He quoted a paragraph from the memorandum saying, “Demilitarisation and decolonisation of Punjab is crucial and indispensable to enable Sikhs to enjoy full freedom to exercise their economic, social and cultural rights. Like all free people of the world, the Sikh nation, in accordance with the UN declaration on granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples, seeks an independent and sovereign state to break the shackles of apartheid, slavery, colonialism and a retrograde political system and structure.”
Bajwa slammed Badal for “resorting to politics of convenience and befooling the people”. He said Badal was getting irritated with the media asking him questions on Tohra having discussed the issue with him.
Bajwa said he would like to remind Badal that the latter used to criticise Tohra as the agent of the Congress after the split in the Akali Dal in 1999.
On the land acquisition bill, Bajwa said Badal was yet to explain to the people as to why the Shiromani Akali Dal supported it in the Lok Sabha.
Bajwa was addressing rallies in villages of Dhuri in support of Congress-backed candidate Simar Partap Singh Barnala.