Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders on Saturday claimed that the November 10 radical Sarbat Khalsa at Amritsar was masterminded by the Congress.
Addressing a press conference here, SAD spokesman and Punjab education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and Punjab chief minister’s adviser on national affairs Harcharan Bains said Congress leaders Lalli Majithia and Harminder Singh Gill had made telephone calls to radical Sikh leaders on the day of Sarbat Khalsa and pledged to send thousands of people to the congregation.
During the press conference, SAD leaders also played “taped conversation of certain Congress leaders” with a Sikh hardliner.
Warning Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa against playing with fire, Cheema said: “Bajwa should realise that it will singe him too. He should not try to shield his partymen, who made phone calls to separatist leaders on the day of the so-called Sarbat Khalsa to incite trouble, besides pledging to send thousands to the function.”
Cheema also asked AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take action against senior Congress leaders who masterminded the entire event where resolutions threatening peace, communal harmony and national unity and integrity of the country were passed.
“The Congress high command must explain to the country why it is maintaining a conspiratorial silence over its brazen participation in the Chabba function,” said Cheema.
Cheema said senior and elected representatives of the Congress, holding responsible positions in the organisation, were not merely a party to the planning, organisation and conduct of the function, but also brazenly attended the event and some even delivered speeches endorsing the proceedings from the stage, including the demand for the implementation of the Panthic Committee Resolutions of January 26, 1986.
SAD presents ‘audio evidence’
Excerpts from the transcript of purported conversations between Satwant Singh Manava, one of the stage secretaries of the Sarbat Khalsa, and Congress leader Harminder Singh Gill.
Gill: Have any resolutions been finalised?
Manava: We are doing it; you can also suggest some
Gill: Which ones? Have you included the revoking of their (Parkash Singh Badal and others) titles?
(Manava hands over the phone to one Sikander)
Sikander: Yes, Sikander here.
Gill: Sikander ji Harminder Singh Gill speaking.
Sikander: Yes, please tell me.
Gill: His title of Fakhr-e-quam has been revoked or not?
Sikandar: Yes, we are doing it.
Gill: What about the decision regarding the jathdars?
Sikandar: Yes, we are removing them too.
Sikendar: Are you also coming? (to the event)
Gill: No, if I come, it will be harmful for both of us ….people will say Congressmen are hovering around
Gill: I am sending Sidhu
Transcript of the alleged conversation between Manava and Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh (Lalli) Majithia: This conversation was routed through Kiranjit Singh Mitha, another Congressman.
Lally: I have done a lot of research on what is going on in the SGPC. I have realised that we need a second gurdwara reform movement in Punjab.
Lally: Ok. I will get 10,000 Sikhs there or as many as you want. I just need two minutes (on the stage)