The Shiromani Akali Dal might be putting all responsibility on the shoulders of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) regarding the row over Operation Bluestar memorial dedicated to Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, but it seems Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is only looking forward to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to find a solution to save the peaceful atmosphere of the state.
"CM Sahib understands our concern on the Bluestar memorial. I and CM share same thoughts over the issue. I am sure he will soon come up with the solution," Punjab state unit president of BJP, Kamal Sharma said while addressing a press conference on Sunday.
"There are radical forces on both sides. They give statements to create controversy. We should avoid giving publicity to such forces as it is not in the interest of the state. The BJP has already taken up the sensitive issue with the CM as people of the state want communal harmony and peace," he said.
People who suffered on both sides were Punjabis, the BJP chief said. "Youth lured into terrorism were also from Punjab and so were security forces. More than 25,000 precious lives were lost in those black days. So, we should make every attempt to ensure that those black days do not return and Punjab ushers in peace and prosperity," Sharma said.
"We are not doing reactionary politics. Giving reaction on an issue like the Bluestar memorial is our responsibility. But it does not imply that we are into reactionary politics," Sharma said when asked if SAD is setting the agenda in the state politics and the BJP is only restricted to give reaction on issues. "The CM is trying to correct things. We should give him some time," he added.
BJP chief rubbishes rumours of Sidhu quitting
Sharma also rubbished rumours about member of Parliament from Amritsar, Navjot Singh Sidhu's quitting active politics and also the BJP. "Navjot Singh Sidhu is our prominent leader in Punjab and he will surely contest the election from Amritsar," Sharma said.
To another question, he said the BJP has been contesting 34 zila parishad and 330 block samiti seats in the state. A visibly upbeat Sharma said, "The BJP is fully ready for the zila parishad and block samiti elections. We will win all seats we are contesting," he claimed.
Asked about the SAD and BJP candidates pitted against each other in the home district of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sharma said a compromise formula for some seats has not been worked out and BJP candidates will contest on such seats in Muktsar.
He was accompanied by party's state media cell in-charge Sunil Singla, newly-appointed district BJP president Parminder Goyal, Bathinda rural president Dayal Dass Sodhi, and senior BJP leaders Tarsem Goyal, Gurbinder Kaur Mangat, Mohan Lal, Mohit Sharma and Gurbinder Singh Bhagta among others.