Punjab BJP general secretary Kamal Sharma on Saturday said that his party was firm on its stand against terrorism, adding that it had taken up the Operation Bluestar memorial issue with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
"It is true that the construction of the memorial is the prerogative of the SGPC, but at the same time, the people of Punjab have given the SAD-BJP the mandate to rule the state for the second time in a row because of its progressive outlook. So the government is duty-bound to play a proactive role in restricting such activities," he said.
Sharma was here to oversee the preparations for the municipal corporation elections.
The BJP general secretary said his party understands that the state government cannot interfere in the internal matters of the SGPC, but the CM, being the SAD patron, can take up the matter that concerns the state and its people.
Expressing confidence in the statesman-like skills of the CM, he said Badal was progressive by nature and was already looking into the matter. "He, along with deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, is steering the state towards development, and the BJP, as a coalition partner, guarantees that there will be no hatred politics in Punjab," said Sharma.
Taking a dig at the Congress, he said state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh was terrorising and intimidating people by claiming that the Operation Bluestar memorial could revive terrorism. "He is the same leader who had sought clemency for Devinderpal Singh Bhullar and Balwant Singh Rajoana. What hypocrisy!" said Sharma.
Asked about the "discontentment" among BJP leaders over being "sidelined" by the SAD in the decision-making process, Sharma said, "It is a thing of the past now. In order to deal with this problem, we are setting up district-level committees comprising SAD and BJP leaders."