‘Cong to support Sehajdhari Sikhs in legal fight against exclusion’

  • HT Corespondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 23:36 IST

Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday said his party would support Sehajdhari Sikhs in seeking a legal recourse against the act enacted by Parliament debarring them from voting in the SGPC election.

He said this while addressing a public reception organised by Punjabi NRIs, Southern California, Los Angeles, on Sunday.

“This is the handiwork of the Badals and they want unopposed continuation of their stranglehold over the SGPC,” Amarinder told NRIs. As an individual and a Sikh, he would support any party willing to defeat the Badals, he told the Punjabi diaspora.

“Punjab has been ruined during the 10-year misrule by the SAD-BJP and another five years of any misadventure would bring the state to its knees, making recovery impossible,” he said.

He slammed AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “extravagant” advertising media campaigns in Punjab.

Amarinder said he had never thought that a state that fed the entire country would come to the brink when its once-prosperous farmers would commit suicides. Reiterating his commitment to enact laws to put an end to the provision of auction of lands of debt-ridden farmers, he promised that if voted to power his government would find a solution to free farmers of their debts.

Amarinder said he was in favour of introduction of reservation on economic basis for upper castes within the general category and without disturbing the existing arrangement for those already getting it.

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