Accusing the ruling BJP of not giving adequate representation to the Sikhs in ticket allotment, Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira on Thursday asked BJP candidate from Amritsar for Lok Sabha polls Arun Jaitley to clear his stance on Operation Bluestar and Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh.
“It’s a well known fact that the SAD-BJP coalition in Punjab is an alliance of opportunism. The Congress challenges Jaitley for a public debate on the Akalis’ demand of an amendment to Article 25 section 2 of the Constitution to declare Sikhs a separate religion.
Does he consider Sikhs a separate nation as demanded by the Shiromani Akali Dal and support the said amendment or he feels the Sikhs are a part of Hindu religion? Does Jaitley favour a uniform civil code as per the BJP policy or does he support separate law for the Sikhs?” Khaira said while addressing a press conference here.
He said that since Jaitley is contesting from Punjab, people are also curious to know his views over the sensitive water dispute pertaining to SatlujYamuna-link canal.
“Will the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha support Punjab and oppose the watersharing claims of Haryana and Rajasthan? He has to clarify this since he has claimed himself to be a Punjabi,” Khaira said.
“He must clarify what are his (Arun Jaitley) views on the issue of transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab. Will he support this demand or does he support Chandigarh as union territory. I am sure he will be having no answer to all such questions since he also knows that saffron party’s alliance with the Badals is just an alliance of grabbing power,” Khaira said.
The Congress leader said the BJP had always opposed to the Sikh ideology promoted by the SAD, including the BJP’s role during the Operation Bluestar.
“Jaitley should also clarify if he supports the views of LK Advani written in his autobiography ‘My Country My Life’ that BJP mounted pressure of Indira Gandhi to go ahead with Operation Bluestar,” he said.